Wolfe And Beimler Get 'Scarlett' Pilot OrderBy Christian
May 15, 2005 - 3:08 PM
Lifetime Television this Friday ordered a pilot for Scarlett, a new television series developed by former Next Generation and Deep Space Nine writers Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Hans Beimler.
Lifetime's commitment is conditional on the casting of Scarlett herself. "What this means is that as soon as we find ourselves an amazing female lead, we'll officially be in pre-production," Wolfe told TrekToday. "Shooting will follow in ten or so weeks from then. So if you know any terrific late-20s, early-30s actresses who want to move to New Orleans for a five year run on a super cool gothic/romance/thriller, let us know."
Scarlett previously has been described as dealing with an Anne Rice-esque gothic horror writer using the pen name "Scarlett." When she moves into an old mansion in New Orleans, her fictional characters start coming to life... or so she thinks.
The project was developed for Cheyenne Productions, the production company of movie star Bruce Willis. "Hans and I just moved into our new office at [Cheyenne], and we're busily composing casting lists," Wolfe said. "We should be hiring a casting director early next week. So spread the word. But don't send us your resumes. At least not quite yet. We're still trying to figure out where to park and how to pick up our voicemail. But obviously, the internet connection works!"
Wolfe and Beimler worked on both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Wolfe started out with the TNG episode "A Fistful Of Datas," before working on DS9 episodes such as "The Search," "Past Tense" and "The Way of the Warrior." He later developed the Gene Roddenberry-inspired Andromeda, and most recently worked on René Echevarria's The 4400. Hans Beimler joined the Trek franchise as early as the 1980s, writing TNG episodes such as "The Arsenal of Freedom" and "The Emissary," as well as DS9 episodes such as "Shattered Mirror" and "What You Leave Behind." Wolfe and Beimler previously cooperated on several DS9 episodes, as well as an unproduced movie.
The Lifetime cable network is the most popular basic cable network in primetime, and has had great success with women-oriented dramas such as Strong Medicine and Any Day Now. However, the network recently decided to broaden its profile, resulting in the development of shows such as Scarlett. Lifetime is also still working on The Harbinger, a show which asks what you would do if you had only 24 hours to live and knew you could travel to your past, present or future to change the course of your life.