George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s production company Smokehouse Pictures has just inked a deal with Sonar Entertainment to produce television content. For their first project, they will team up with “Making a Murderer” creators, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, on the scripted drama “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker.”
Based on the Huffington Post series of articles by journalist Steven Brill, the true story followed a venerable pharmaceutical company that created a powerful drug and marketed it aggressively to children and the elderly while allegedly manipulating and hiding data about its terrible side effects. The drug company made a reported $30 billion in sales of the drug worldwide but was later investigated and agreed to pay more than $2 billion in penalties and settlements. Ricciardi and Demos will adapt the series along with Nicki Palugawill. The “Making a Murderer” duo are also on board to direct.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with George and Grant and their talented team at Smokehouse,” Sonar CEO Thomas Lesinski said. “Smokehouse has a stellar track record of delivering commercial and critically acclaimed content. Smokehouse will be a great partner for Sonar Entertainment, as the two companies align perfectly in our approaches to premium TV programming.”
A network is not yet attached to the project and the number of episodes it will have is unknown at this time.
Clooney and Heslov’s deal with Sonar will have their company produce drama and comedy series for cable and streaming outlets. Currently on Smokehouse’s roster is “Ms,” a miniseries about Gloria Steinem and the founding of Ms Magazine, set up at HBO, and set up at Showtime, they have “The Studio,” an ongoing series about a movie studio in the 1990s. Previous film work includes “The Ides Of March,” “The Monuments Men,” “Argo,” “Money Monster” and “Our Brand Is Crisis.”