Lin-Manuel Miranda Preps Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon Show for FX


Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail, who partnered on the Broadway hit Hamilton, are teaming up for an FX limited series centered on choreographer and filmmaker Bob Fosse and dancer Gwen Verdon.

Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex, Wayward Pines) will work alongside Miranda and Kail on the eight-episode series. Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) are attached to star. Based on Fosse, the biography written by Sam Wasson, the limited series tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Fosse and Verdon.

Kail, Levenson, Miranda, Rockwell, Williams and George Stelzner are executive producers of the series, which is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Levenson, who will serve as showrunner, wrote the premiere episode which will be directed by Kail. Actress, dancer and producer Nicole Fosse, and daughter of Fosse and Verdon, serves as co-EP and oversees The Verdon Fosse Legacy. Co-producer Andy Blankenbuehler is the choreographer. Production of the series begins in the fall, with series debut scheduled for 2019.

“We are over the moon about this dream team we’ve assembled for this incredible series,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Tommy, Steven and Lin are the perfect team to tell the story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and we’re so thrilled to have Sam and Michelle playing these iconic roles.”

Nicole Fosse added, “My mother and father have one of the greatest love stories ever known. They were extremely complex people with an indestructible bond, loyalty, and trust that endured both fantasy and reality. Finally, we have a creative team with the talent and wisdom to tell the story.”

Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios, said, “Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon’s story is one of a fascinating, passionate love affair that gave birth to some truly remarkable cultural achievements, and to this day it has been largely untold. In the capable hands of Steven, Tommy and Lin, with the vital creative input and imprimatur of their only daughter Nicole, this series is going to be a compelling look at these two icons as portrayed by the enormously talented Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. We’re very excited.”