Sundance Channel unveils development slate with series from Robert Redford, Steve Buscemi and others

By Daniel S Levine,

The Sundance Channel is the latest AMC-owned network to get into the business of developing original drama series. The cable network announced its first development slate, starting with projects produced by actors Robert Redford, Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci.

Redford teamed up with writer Olaf Olafsson for Valentines, the network said in a press release. Olafsson penned the novel, which follows a powerful New York attorney and his three attractive daughters. Redford will produce with Laura Michalchyshyn and Fred Berner.

Writer Dylan Garry’s Behind The Sun will be produced by Wren Arthur, Tucci and Buscemi’s Olive Productions.

The Descendants, which has nothing to do with Alexander Payne’s 2011 film, will be produced by Bored To Death’s Sarah Condon and written by Contraband’s Aaron Guzikowksi.

T, which focuses on a transgender male, is being produced by This American Life’s Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp. In Treatment team Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman are writing that project.

Finally, Death in the Modern Age comes from writers Josh Shaffer and Eli Kooris and producers Bob Cooper, JJ Jamieson and Michel Fuchs.

"We use the word 'daring' when we talk about what we're looking for," Sundance GM and executive VP Sarah Barnett told The Hollywood Reporter. "It harkens back to the best of what you think of in independent storytelling that's inspired by the sort of stories that our sister network AMC has been telling over the past few years.”

Sundance, which started in 1996, has slowly begun to move into the world of scripted TV, starting with 2010’s Carlos and the mini-series Appropriate Adult. Top of the Lake and Restless are two mini-series that will start next year.

Also kicking off next year is the network’s first series, the legal drama Rectify, which will start with six episodes.



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