[12/07/12 - 11:08 PM] Development Update: Friday, December 7 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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BELIEVE (A.K.A. UNTITLED CUARON & FRIEDMAN PROJECT) (NBC) - Casting has begun on Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Friedman's drama pilot, about "a girl in possession of a great gift/powers - which will come into their own in seven years - and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down." The search for said role - 10-year-old Bo ("innocent and beautiful, a regular girl who has a depth and mystery to her") plus the adult male lead as well as another older character - comes in anticipation of a formal green light. The Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot is behind the hour with the company's J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk executive producing alongside Friedman and Cuarón, the latter of which is attached to direct. (Deadline.com)DEATH BECOMES HER (Bravo, New!) - Robert Zemeckis is developing a small screen take on his 1992 film, about two rival women (Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn) who both attain eternal youth, a development that only serves to escalate their foibles. Said hour is set up at Universal Cable Productions with Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine and Zemeckis executive producing via his Lupara Productions banner. No writer was indicated. (Variety.com)HUMAN ERROR (Starz, New!) - British screenwriter Philip Gawthorne is developing a new sci-fi drama at the pay channel about two detectives - one human, one artificial - who are tasked with a seemingly simple case that ultimately leads to a larger conspiracy. Adam Schroeder and Bryan Zuriff will executive produce alongside Gawthorne. No studio was indicated. (THR.com)TROPHY WIFE (ABC) - Ryan Lee ("Super 8") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman), "who finds herself with an insta-family when she falls in love with Brad (Bradley Whitford), a successful charmer with a quirky sense of humor who has three manipulative kids and two judgmental ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins)." He'll play one of said children in the ABC Studios-based half-hour, which Jason Moore is directing from a script by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Adam Rayner is set to play the title role in Simon West and Jesse Alexander's proposed revival of "The Saint," which has yet to find a network home (Deadline.com); Mary Grill will recur on "The Mindy Project" as a tomboyish college friend of Mindy's (Deadline.com); Karin Slaughter's Will Trent book series is being developed as a TV series by Scandinavian production company Yellow Bird (Deadline.com); Oliver Kieran-Jones has booked an arc on "Glee" as "the leader of the glee club at NYADA, which new student Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) is interested in joining" (Deadline.com); and Gina Torres is set to reunite with fellow "Firefly" alum Nathan Fillion on "Castle"(TVLine.com).