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David S. Goyer is putting down some new TV roots.
The prolific writer-producer has signed a two-year first-look deal for his Phantom Four banner with IM Global Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. With the pact, Goyer moves to IM Global from Universal Television, where he had been under an overall deal.
Under the IM Global deal, Goyer has set his first new project: LAPD anthology Golden State. The drama is a seasonal anthology that tells the story of the LAPD over 150 years, beginning with the department’s forerunners in the 1850s and ending with the 1990s and the L.A. Riots. Each season will jump forward a generation, charting the relationship between law enforcement and criminals. Jake Lee Hanne will pen the script, with Phantom Four president Kevin Turen and Linne Radmin of the Radmin Co. attached to produce.
The Golden State deal extends Goyer’s relationship with IM Global. The DaVinci’s Demons exec producer is already teaming with IM Global on I, Rebel, a sci-fi series about an astronaut lost in space for eight years who returns home to find a very different Earth.
“Kevin and I were looking to do something outside the box,” Goyer said. “Because the television landscape is changing so quickly and dramatically, we wanted to find partners who were nimble, who could partner with any buyer, and who had a uniquely global outlook. [IM Global TV CEO] Stuart [Ford] and [IM Global TV president] Mark [Stern] fit that criteria perfectly.”
Goyer is currently readying Syfy’s Warner Bros. Television Superman prequel Krypton, which is in the pilot stage. His TV credits include NBC’s Constantine, ABC’s FlashForward, Starz’s DaVinci’s Demons and USA Network’s Brooklyn Animal Control pilot, the latter of which is being redeveloped. On the film side, his credits include writing all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films as well as Batman v. Superman, Man of Steel, Blade and more. In September, Goyer signed a film deal with China’s Tencent Pictures — with the latter company launching a joint TV venture with new IM Global owner Tang Media Partners.
Goyer’s deal comes as IM Global TV is continuing to expand its offerings. The company’s TV slate includes Noah Hawley’s Cat’s Cradle project, in the works at FX, TNT’s Time of Death as well as more than a dozen other projects in development.
Goyer is repped by WME.
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