Lionsgate has landed a series order for the drama Swimming with Sharks, to be written and produced by Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First, Boss) and directed by Tucker Gates (Homeland, The Morning Show), with Quibi.
Swimming with Sharks is a contemporary update of George Huang’s original film that both celebrates and skewers the Hollywood studio system. In this adaptation, a young female assistant is at the center of a studio filled with manipulators, schemers and intrigue, but little do they know she is poised to outwit them all.
Chris Cowles (Chappaquiddick, Blockers) will also produce. Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey franchise) and Liz Destro (Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Cake) will serve as executive producers as well as Jay Cohen and Stephen Israel, who executive produced the original movie. Production begins in February.
“We’re thrilled to partner with our friend Jeffrey Katzenberg and the incredible team at Quibi,” said Lionsgate Television Chairman Kevin Beggs. “The series underscores our commitment to partnering with emerging platforms and expanding our valuable library properties like Swimming with Sharks into exciting new forms of storytelling.”