via press release:
LIFETIME AND RENÉE ZELLWEGER DEVELOPING LATE ‘60s/EARLY ‘70s-SET DRAMA SERIES CINNAMON GIRL
LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2011) – Lifetime and Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress-producer Renée Zellweger have joined forces to develop a drama series entitled Cinnamon Girl.
Set in one of the most turbulent, creative and golden times in the history of American popular culture, the Los Angeles music and movie scenes of the late 1960s/early 1970s, Cinnamon Girl is the story of four girls — Cassie, Lola, Penny and Lou — coming of age during a revolution. Created by Zellweger and Anthony Tambakis (Warrior), the project will explore the characters’ lives at the crossroads of the era’s political, artistic, social and sexual rebellions.
The impetus for Cinnamon Girl was Zellweger’s journey from small-town Texas to Hollywood stardom, combined with Tambakis’ lifelong fascination with both the Laurel Canyon music scene and the New Hollywood, auteur-driven era that began in the late ‘60s. Zellweger, Tambakis and Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, Pride and Glory) are attached to executive produce. Zellweger and Tambakis will co-write the story, with Tambakis writing the script, O’Connor directing and Danny Bramson (Almost Famous, Jerry McGuire) serving as producer and music supervisor.
“Renée’s passion, clarity of character and deep emotion for this project immediately transported us to the late ‘60s/early ‘70s and created a resonance with us wanting to relive that energy,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks. “Cinnamon Girl is a game changer for our network and is exactly the type of show we want to deliver.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Nancy Dubuc and Rob Sharenow, who share our enthusiasm and creative intentions, and we believe the timing is perfect for Cinnamon Girl to have found a home at Lifetime during this transformative juncture at the network,” said Zellweger. “We’re really looking forward to making Cinnamon Girl come to life as part of their campaign to expand audience expectations and redefine what it means to be a Lifetime show.”
Cinnamon Girl marks the second project on which Zellweger and Lifetime have partnered. In 2008, she executive produced the acclaimed original movie Living Proof, the moving true story of UCLA Dr. Dennis Slamon, who helped develop the breast cancer drug Herceptin, and his efforts to keep the drug trials afloat and save the lives of thousands of women. Living Proof starred Harry Connick, Jr., Tammy Blanchard, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Angie Harmon, Regina King, Swoosie Kurtz, Amy Madigan, Bernadette Peters and Trudie Styler.
Zellweger joins a growing roster of major talent and producers who have partnered with Lifetime. Recently, the network entered into a multi-project development deal with Demi Moore on the development of scripted dramas and the upcoming all-new interview series The Conversation, hosted by Amanda de Cadenet. Lifetime recently premiered its major original movie Five, an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives directed by Jennifer Aniston, Moore, Alicia Keys, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Jeanne Tripplehorn, Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kathy Najimy, Bob Newhart, Tony Shalhoub, Jeffrey Tambor and others, Five was executive produced by Aniston, Marta Kauffman, Paula Wagner, Kristin Hahn, Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy. Lifetime also recently announced the pick-up of the original series The Client List, based on the hit Lifetime movie, that will star and be executive produced by Jennifer Love Hewitt. The Client List will premiere on Lifetime in 2012.