via press release:
WORLD-RENOWNED DANCERS ATTACHED TO STARZ ORIGINAL BALLET DRAMA SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT, “FLESH AND BONE”
CREATED, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY MOIRA WALLEY-BECKETT, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY LAWRENCE BENDER, KEVIN BROWN AND JOHN MELFI
Royal New Zealand Ballet Artistic Director and Former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Ethan Stiefel Attached as Choreographer
Former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Irina Dvorovenko and Current Soloist Sascha Radetsky Also Join Project
Beverly Hills, Calif. – November 20, 2013 – STARZ announced today the involvement of internationally-renowned dancers in the original drama series “Flesh and Bone” (previously announced as an “Untitled Ballet Project”) currently in development at the network, from award-winning “Breaking Bad” Writer and Co-Executive Producer, Moira Walley-Beckett. “Flesh and Bone” follows a young ballet dancer, Claire Robbins, who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark and gritty series will unflinchingly explore the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.
The project will be written and executive produced by Ms. Walley-Beckett and STARZ, with Executive Producers Lawrence Bender (Oscar® nominated for Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting), Kevin Brown (“Roswell”) and John Melfi (“Sex and the City,” “House of Cards,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Rome”). Bender, Brown and Walley-Beckett all have connections to the world of ballet, which brought them together with STARZ on this project. Bender and Walley-Beckett are former ballet dancers, and Brown’s family is made up entirely of former ballet dancers and their story was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film, The Turning Point.
Ethan Stiefel has joined the project as consultant and choreographer on the series. Mr. Stiefel is the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the star of the movies Center Stage and Center Stage: Turn It Up and was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre from 1997 till July 2012.
Joining the cast in key supporting roles are former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Irina Dvorovenko, current American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky, Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner and Emily Tyra (“Boardwalk Empire”). National auditions are underway for the lead role of “Claire Robbins.”
“The casting process of finding exceptional dancers to inhabit these roles has been incredibly creative and exciting,” said creator and executive producer Ms. Walley-Beckett. “The verisimilitude of the project is of paramount importance to me. I want to be able to capture dance on film with complete integrity, authenticity and freedom. Not only are the dancers we’ve cast thus far brilliant company level artists, but they’re also thrilling, intuitive actors. I’m inspired and optimistic about discovering the perfect ‘Claire.’”
As a Co-Executive Producer on “Breaking Bad,” Moira Walley-Beckett recently won a 2013 Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Drama Series. She was nominated for a 2013 Golden Globe Award®, two PGA Awards, a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 2012, and for the WGA Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, resulting in wins in 2012 and 2013 for her work on “Breaking Bad.” Ms. Walley-Beckett was also nominated for a PEN LITERARY award in 2010 for her episode of “Breaking Bad” entitled “Over.”
Starz will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, home entertainment, and digital.