Oliver Stone inks TV deal with Epix

Sun May 2, 2010 9:46pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Oliver Stone is developing a television series for premium TV service Epix.

Filmmaker Stone -- whose "Wall Street" sequel will premiere later this month at the Cannes festival -- and writer Bruce Wagner have struck a development deal with Epix, and their first project will be a one-hour scripted dramatic series, "Still Holding," based on Wagner's novel.

The series for Epix, which is run by Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM, revolves around "the colliding worlds of three disparate people in Los Angeles and the violent consequences of love and betrayal, of holding on and letting go," Epix said.

Stone and Wagner will executive produce the show. They worked together on the six-hour sci-fi/drama miniseries "Wild Palms," which aired on ABC in 1993.

"I'm interested in the possibilities in television," Stone said. "When a company like Epix comes along, it's a chance to break new ground. They want to make their mark. They want to entertain and provoke; they don't want their drama or comedy watered down."

Epix didn't say when the series would air.

The company has struck six carriage deals with TV distributors to date, most recently with Dish Network. It also has increased work on original fare. It recently shot a pilot for the Nashville dynasty drama "Tough Trade," starring Sam Shepard and Lucas Black. Epix also recently announced the half-hour technology tycoon satire "iCon" from Larry Charles, who is co-writing the script with the creator of the popular Fake Steve Jobs blog.

Stone's 10-part documentary miniseries "The Secret History of America" will air this year on Showtime.

 
<p>Hollywood film director Oliver Stone speaks to students at the New International School of Thailand in Bangkok January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom</p>