Well, we're officially in the television business.
Our first TV project 'White Fur,' written by Jardine Libaire and to be directed by Drake Doremus, has been acquired by Amazon.
Get all the details in the official press release...
NEW YORK, NY & LOS ANGELES, CA (July 18, 2017) – FilmNation Entertainment, the independent film company behind Academy Award winning ARRIVAL and breakout box office hit THE BIG SICK, has sold one-hour romantic television drama WHITE FUR to Amazon. Written by author Jardine Libaire, a rising new star in the literary world, and adapted from her acclaimed second novel, WHITE FUR is a tender, transgressive and epic love story that follows a young couple who battles the class divide and social conformity in 1980s New York. Drake Doremus (LIKE CRAZY, EQUALS) is set to direct, making this his first foray into television.
Strong praise of Libaire’s writing has taken off amongst the literary world following the recent “White Fur” book release:
“This sexy American fairytale about a star-crossed couple solidifies Jardine Libaire’s status as poet laureate of late nights and young love.”
Ada Calhoun, author of St. Marks Is Dead
“Brilliantly written and deeply felt, this is a love story by turns comic and tragic, but always moving. Whether her characters are on the social register or the welfare roll, Libaire is a keen observer of human nature.”
Philipp Meyer, author of The Son
“White Fur is glorious: dark, dirty, and sexy, lit up with yearning and raw, young love. Libaire’s sentences left me breathless. This is a Roman candle of a novel. I absolutely loved it.”
Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Nearness of You and What Was Lost
FilmNation Entertainment’s Ben Browning, Brenda Vogel and Glen Basner will executive produce with Doremus. Jardine Libaire is co-executive producer.
FilmNation hired Brenda Vogel as VP, Television last year to help build a slate of television projects. FilmNation aims to develop and produce smart and distinct shows in the one-hour and half-hour spaces for cable and broadcast. Previously, Vogel served as Vice President, Features & Television at Groundswell Productions working on projects such as Chance (Hulu), The Magicians (Syfy), and Smilf (Showtime), and served as a development executive for Paul and Chris Weitz’s Depth of Field.
“Amazon is building an astonishing line up of television that aligns perfectly with our taste. Jardine’s fresh voice coupled with Drake’s distinct style are the makings of a sexy, smart and compelling show. Brenda’s experience and taste is key to us achieving in television our perpetual goal of broadening FilmNation’s relationships with the most original and bold storytellers,” said FilmNation’s Ben Browning.
“Working with FilmNation and with Drake Doremus has been such a powerfully creative experience, and finding a home at Amazon is a dream. Everyone involved is interested in incubating an intelligently subversive love story, and I'm just thrilled to develop White Fur with this team," said Libaire.
Doremus’ previous work includes feature films LIKE CRAZY, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and EQUALS, starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, which was launched in competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. His latest feature NEWNESS starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa recently sold to Netflix after making its debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to strong critical reviews.