BBC America has announced a new slate of six original scripted development projects. The potential new TV series come from talent including Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, Neal Baer, and See-Saw Films.
The announced titles are Zero Motivation, Memoria, Quartermass, Junk, Foreign Babes in Beijing, and Trip.
BBC America says:
Executive Produced by Amy Poehler and Brooke Posch through Paper Kite Productions along with Natasha Lyonne, Eilon Ratzkovsky (July August Productions), Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie and Tami Sagher (Girls, Inside Amy Schumer) who is executive producing and writing. Zero Motivation is based on the award-winning feature film from Lavie. It is a comedic and dramatic glimpse into the Israeli army through the eyes of an eclectic cast of young women, who quickly learn they will be stationed at a remote human resources office pushing paper in the middle of the Negev desert.
Adam Barken (Killjoys, Flashpoint) is set to write Memoria, an emotionally driven sci-fi drama about a man who begins to unravel after his memories conflict with technology. Temple Street, the company behind BBCA’s Orphan Black is producing.
Nicola Shindler’s RED Production Company (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Queer as Folk) and Simon Oakes’ Hammer Films (The Woman in Black, The Resident) are set to produce Quatermass – a modern remake of the British series that follows Professor Bernard Quatermass and his daughter, Sarah, as they investigate an alien invasion. Jeremy Dyson (League of Gentlemen, Ghost Story) is attached to write. STUDIOCANAL will handle the worldwide distribution and be the Studio for Quatermass.
Junk is a satirical look inside the world of the soda and junk food industry. Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral) is set to write, and Neal Baer (Under the Dome, Law & Order: SVU, ER) will executive produce.
Foreign Babes in Beijing
Rachel DeWoskin and Zayd Dohrn are developing a series set in Beijing based on DeWoskin’s memoir of the same name, which chronicles her personal experiences as a soap opera actress on Chinese television. Manage-ment’s Dan Halsted is producing along with Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men).
Australian writer Louise Fox (creator of Australian Broadcasting Corp’s Glitch) is set to write Trip, a thrilling reimagining of the classic Chinese novel, Monkey: Journey to the West, which explores the journey of reincarnation. See-Saw Films (Top of the Lake and The King’s Speech) is set to produce.
What do you think? How do you like the sound of BBC America’s potential new TV shows? Which ones are you most interested in?