[03/05/21 - 11:30 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 5
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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CHUCKY (Syfy/USA) - Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Alyvia Alyn Lind and Björgvin Arnarson are set to star in the film-turned-TV series, which will also see Jennifer Tilly reprising her role as Tiffany Valentine and Devon Sawa in a top secret role. Arthur will play Jake Webber, "an easy target for Chucky, Jake is a loner trying to find his place in the world after his mom's death while never connecting with his dad or his peers"; with Briones as Junior Webber, "Bree and Logan's son and Jake's cousin; he is the all-American, over-achieving, jock - the opposite of his loner cousin Jake"; Lind as Lexy Taylor, "self-appointed princess of her school and Jake's primary bully, who also dates his cousin Junior"; and Arnarson as Devon Lopez, "boy-next-door and true-crime junkie, Devon is hellbent on making sense of Hackensack's mysterious tragedies, both past and present." (Deadline.com)
DOOGIE KAMEALOHA, MD (Disney+) - Emma Meisel and Ronny Chieng are the latest additions to the reboot series. Meisel will play Steph Denisco, "Lahela's best friend, as well as romantic consigliere, who has a penchant for making an entrance." Chieng then will recur as "a heart surgeon putting young Doogie through the paces." (Deadline.com)
IN WITH THE DEVIL (Apple TV+) - Emmy winner Ray Liotta is set to star opposite Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser in the limited series as "James' (Egerton) father, also named James Keene and known as Big Jim, a popular former ranking officer in the Kankakee police and fire departments who had influential friends in the highest reaches of state and local government. After Keene Jr.'s arrest, narcotics detectives tried to get him to divulge damaging information about his father, which he refused to do." (Deadline.com)
TALISMAN, THE (Netflix) - Steven Spielberg, Stephen King and Matt and Ross Duffer are set to team for a TV take on King and Peter Straub's fantasy horror book at the streamer, which "tells of a 12-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer who sets off on an epic road-trip quest in order to save his dying mother's life. He is in search of the Talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his mother but, as he learns, save the world. Sawyer's journey criss-crosses two realities: the America we know and its dangerous, fantasy-world twin, The Territories." Curtis Gwinn is spearheading the project and will executive produce alongside said group as well as Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for Paramount Television Studios, Amblin Television and Monkey Massacre Productions. Spielberg and King previously tried to mount a six-part adaptation in 2006 at TNT with writer Ehren Kruger. (THR.com)
TERMINAL LIST, THE (Amazon) - Riley Keough is the latest to board the Chris Pratt-led drama series as Lauren Reece, "an elite triathlete and a warrior in her own right. Lauren has balanced her career with raising their daughter Lucy and providing vital support to other platoon families when her husband James (Pratt) and his SEAL Troop are deployed. While the majority of SEAL marriages fall apart, Lauren and James have made it through on honesty, mental toughness, and undying love." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED DOLGEN & MAND PROJECT (Netflix, New!) - Emily Osment and Gregg Sulkin are set to star in a new multi-camera comedy series for the streamer, which "centers on a snooty, self-proclaimed intellectual (Osment) forced to move in with her carefree sister and her sister's lovably eccentric friends, one of them played by Sulkin." Jack Dolgen and Doug Mand are behind the project, which has a 10-episode order, with Pamela Fryman slated to direct and Kourtney Kang likewise executive producing. Osment's Chelsea is "an Ivy league educated intellectual who is book-smart and quick witted but lacks the real world skills she needs to have a functional life." And Sulkin's Grant is "romantic, genuinely sweet, and an often shirtless personal trainer." (Deadline.com)
WE OWN THIS CITY (HBO, New!) - "The Wire's" David Simon and George Pelecanos are on track to re-team for a new Baltimore-set limited series at the pay channel based on Justin Fenton's book, subtitled "A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption." Kary Antholis of Crime Story Media will also executive produce the project, which Simon detailed as "a work of journalism that not only chronicles the rise and fall of a corrupt police unit but can stand as the inevitable coda to the half-century of disaster that is the American drug war." Casting is reportedly already underway. (Deadline.com)
WHAT SHE SAID (Peacock, New!) - Erika Green Swafford has sold a potential drama to the streamer inspired by Bim Adewunmi's 2018 BuzzFeed News story "Meet the Women Who Are Building a Better Romance Industry," which "explores self-love, society's beauty standards, and challenges the old, predominantly white narratives of who gets to fall in love." Minnesota Logging Company's Jenna Bans is also on board to executive produce; as is BuzzFeed Studios' Richard Alan Reid; with Casey Kyber and Karolina Waclawiak as co-executive producers; Charlotte Simms as a producer; and Adewunmi as a consulting producer. (Deadline.com)

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