A Pair of Novels Are Heading to the Development Slate + More to Watch

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Wondering what’s on the development table this week? It’s been reported that a pair of bestsellers are on their way to the small screen. Roxane Gay’s graphic novel “The Banks,” and Lauren Oyler’s conspiracy theory novel “Fake Accounts” are currently in the works. New Regency and TKO Studios are developing ”The Banks” and Anonymous Content is working on the conspiracy theory novel. Along with these adaptations, Hulu announced a new musical rom-com series called “Up Here.” Here’s everything we know so far about these exciting projects. 

“The Banks”

Deadline reports, New Regency, TKO Studios, and Roxane Gay are set to team up to develop a series adaptation of Gay and Ming Doyle’s graphic novel “The Banks.” The story “focuses on the women of the Banks family who are the most successful thieves in Chicago. During the heist of a lifetime, they must band together to avenge a loved one taken too soon.” Gay will write the adaptation for the project, which, per The Hollywood Reporter, is part of a development and production deal with New Regency and TKO. Gay is best known for her essay collection “Bad Feminist” but is also the author of several other bestsellers. Per Deadline, her novel “An Untamed State” also is getting an adaptation. “The Banks” is still in early development so a cast or creative team has yet to be announced.

“Fake Accounts”

Also on the page-to-screen slate, Ben Sinclair (“High Maintenance”) and Jen Silverman (“Tales of the City”) are teaming up to bring “Fake Accounts” to television. Written by Lauren Oyler, the conspiracy theory novel “follows a young woman who, on the eve of Trump’s inauguration, snoops through her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: he’s an internet conspiracy theorist… and a popular one at that.” According to Deadline, “Ozark” star Julia Garner will have a lead role and also produce the project. Anonymous Content is the studio behind the project. A network hasn’t been announced, yet.

Hulu’s “Up Here”

A few of the best minds in musical theatre are joining forces for a new Hulu project. According to Deadline, the streamer has given an eight-episode order to “Up Here,” a musical rom-com series “set in New York City in the waning days of 1999, following the extraordinary story of one ordinary couple as they fall in love and discover that the single greatest obstacle to finding happiness together might just be themselves – and the treacherous world of memories, obsessions, fears, and fantasies that lives inside their heads.” Steven Levenson (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “tick, tick…BOOM!”), Thomas Kail (“Hamilton”), Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“Frozen,” “WandaVision”), and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (“The Carmichael Show”) are the brains behind the series. 20th Television is set to produce the new project. Per Deadline, “Up Here” is part of Kail and producer Jennifer Todd’s 20th Television deal they signed in 2020. This is also the second time Kail and Levenson have worked together on a television series after the Emmy-nominated “Fosse/Verdon” for FX. Casting is now reportedly underway for  “Up Here,” which is set to begin filming this summer in NYC. So, be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming casting calls!

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