Talk about star power.
Details about the plot are being kept under wraps. There is neither a production company attached nor a network, but CAA — who reps Russell — already has multiple offers for the project sight unseen. Sources say Russell’s camp is looking for a major commitment for the project, which is said to be a limited series, and its high-level cast.
Russell is expected to begin pitching the potential series next week when he returns from vacation. It’s unclear who is hearing the pitch and whether the outlets that have already made offers for the A-list project are from the broadcast, cable, premium or streaming side.
Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Megan Ellison are attached to produce the series with Russell at the helm. Insiders caution that the entire package could still fall apart, but given the high-level talent attached, that seems unlikely.
Russell’s largest TV commitment to date is 2014’s The Club, which was picked up with a 12-episode straight-to-series order at ABC. He quickly exited the project and ABC reversed course on the series, which was poised to star Betsy Brandt.
The latest project comes as A-list talent continues to segue to the small screen, where many are drawn by limited episode counts, stronger creative and more time to explore the material and characters. On the TV side, high-level talent helps broadcast, cable and streaming outlets cut through the increasing amount of original scripted programming in the so-called Peak TV world where talent and recognizable IP are considered keys to breaking through the clutter.
The Russell/De Niro/Moore project comes after Russell earned back-to-back screenwriting Oscar nominations for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Moore recently won an Emmy for HBO’s Game Change. De Niro, for his part, scored a supporting Oscar nomination for his role in Silver Lining Playbook.