Melissa Rosenberg, best known as the screenwriter behind “Twilight” and a head writer for Showtime’s “Dexter,” is making her Tall Girls Productions a busy place.
Rosenberg has recently been in the news for her showrunning duties at “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (debuting November 20 on Netflix), starring Krysten Ritter. Rosenberg created and will executive produce the superheroine series, which the Emmy-nominated writer has called “a perfect example of the kind of shows the Tall Girl brand stands for — centered on an interesting, complex deeply flawed character played by a woman.”
Rosenberg is also attached to produce the feature film “Scarpetta,” based on Patricia Cornwell’s detective of 14 mystery novels and counting. Penning the movie will be Emmy-winning “Orange is the New Black” writer Liz Friedman, who is Rosenberg’s #2 at “Jessica Jones.”
And now Tall Girl announces deals for two series.
TV Land has ordered a second script for “The Mighty Camilla,” newcomer Allison Keissling’s comedy from ABC Studios (which Rosenberg is partnered with). Deadline describes the show as a “half-hour, character-driven dramedy center[ing on] the stalled life of an every-woman, New York social worker, who gets recruited by a handsome man from the future as the unlikely savior of humanity.” Rosenberg and Kate Schumaecker will EP.
Heading to Hulu will be the ensemble drama “Sleepless,” based on Kenneth Calhoun’s novel “Black Moon.” The potential 10-episode continuing series will focus on the effects of an insomnia epidemic and will be written and directed by Mike Cahill.
Here’s the book synopsis for “Black Moon”:
Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.
He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.