Starz announces the acquisition of ‘Gaslit’, an anthology series whose cast will be led by Julia Roberts and Sean Penn. For his part, Matt Ross (‘Captain Fantastic’, ’28 Hotel Rooms’) direct all the episodes of a first season to be inspired by the first installment of Slow Burn, a narrative podcast produced by Slate Plus.
Robbie Pickering (‘Mr. Robot’, ‘Search Party’) is the creator and showrunner of this UCP (Universal Content Productions) production for Starz which is scheduled to shoot this spring. ‘Gaslit’ It will be broadcast in the US and Canada through Starz, while in Europe, Latin America and Japan it will do so through Starzplay, its international streaming platform.
“In ‘Gaslit’ we not only have the opportunity to tell an incredible untold story and put Martha Mitchell’s role in Watergate on the front page, but we are also incredibly lucky to have a dream cast that includes Julia and Sean, plus the best creative team and partners we could have asked for, “said Christina Davis, President of Original Programming for Starz.
‘Gaslit’ is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal: From Nixon’s clumsy and opportunistic underlings to the deranged fanciers who aided and instigated his crimes, to the tragic informants who will eventually make him run away all that murky company would collapse.
“I am happy to have the opportunity to share the heartbreaking and fascinating story of Martha Mitchell with the world,” said its creator and showrunner, Robbie Pickering. “Martha was the first, and the loudest voice, to speak out against the criminality of a corrupt presidential administration, and she was one of the most complex public martyrs of the day. Finding someone willing to tell your story is a dream. Doing it with Sam, Julia, UCP and Starz seems impossible. I’m excited. “
‘Gaslit’ focus on Martha Mitchell, a character played by Roberts. A great personality with an even bigger mouth. Martha is a celebrity in Arkansas and the wife of loyal Nixon Attorney General John Mitchell, a role to be played by Penn. Despite his political affiliation, he was the first person to publicly sound the alarm about Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the Presidency and his personal life to be ruined. As Attorney General, Mitchell was Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperamental, foul-mouthed and relentless, but desperately in love with his famous and sincere wife, he was forced to choose between Martha and the President.
‘Gaslit’ be written by Amelia Gray, Alberto Roldn, Anayat Fakhraie, Uzoamaka Maduka, Sofya Levitsky-Weitz and Pickering himself. Director Matt Ross and the aforementioned Pickering will also serve as executive producers alongside Sam Esmail and Chad Hamilton of Esmail Corp; Julia Roberts, Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill of Red Om Films; and Gabriel Roth and Josh Levin of Anonymous Content and Slate Plus.
For his part, Leon Nayfakh, creator of the original podcast, will be the project consultant while Karen Bailey, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, will be responsible for supervising the project on behalf of Starz.
Finally, to mention that although an exact year ago it was announced that Joel Edgerton and Armie Hammer would also be part of its cast, finally both have left the project and have nothing to do with it.