HBO Adapting Novel ‘The Madonnas Of Echo Park’ Into Drama Series

Madonnas Of Echo Park HBOEXCLUSIVE: HBO has put in development a drama series project based on the novel The Madonnas Of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse. The project, to be written by award-winning playwright Julia Cho, takes a look at the lives of a community in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in Los Angeles. It explores the relationships -– romantic, professional, familial –- of the Latinos that have built the community over the years, and the hipsters who’re making their way in now, examining the complicated dynamic between the two as they struggle to build new lives for themselves in pursuit of the American dream. Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and British writer Kelly Marcel are executive producing, reuniting after their first collaboration on Terra Nova, which the two executive produced. Terra Nova originated with a 15-page treatment by Marcel, which Kaplan brought to the U.S. For Cho, who will serve as co-executive producer, this marks a return to HBO, where she worked on Big Love. Her TV credits also include a stint on Fringe. She is with WME, Skyhorse is with Jody Hotchkiss.

At HBO, The Madonnas of Echo Park joins another Kapital-produced project, comedy pilot Viagra Diaries, created by Sex And The City’s Darren Star and to be directed by Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig. Additionally, Kaplan has several other cable projects in development.

At USA, he has the hourlong Finders Keepers. Written by Philip Levens, it is about a former FBI agent and missing persons specialist who finds people by immersing himself in their lives. Levens is with ICM.

At A&E, Kapital Entertainment is developing Dark Heart, a one-hour procedural written by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle (Paradigm), about a benevolent cop who, after having a massive heart attack, gets the heart of a psychopath. Lionsgate TV is producing.

At Lifetime, the company is behind Drink, a one-hour spec script written by Glenn Porter (UTA), which follows the life of the head of HR at a global alcohol and beverage company who, after suffering a head injury, loses her inhibitions and ability to control her impulse and ends up transforming her company into a hotbed of decadence, soaring profits and ambition.

At Nickelodeon, where Kaplan executive produces the Nick At Nite pilot Wendell & Vinnie starring Jerry Trainor, he has two multi-camera comedy projects in development. One is a comedy about a college student who becomes a “manny” for a family who had been transplanted from England. It is written by Howard Busgang and Tom Nursall (CAA), creators of the NBC comedy pilot Isabel, which Kaplan executive produces. The other is a twins project from Barry Safchik and Michael Platt (Verve). In the vein of Weird Science, it centers on a genius kid who creates a robot in his likeness – yet the two could not be more different.

Kapital’s first cable series, The Inbetweeners, launches on MTV later this year. On the broadcast side, Kaplan has  executive produced produced two series, Terra Nova and ABC’s GCB, and has four pilot currently in contention.

Comments (10)

  • Yes, god forbid white kids move into a Latino community in an American city. The audacity…

    Comment by Thought I was LIberal... — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 9:35am PDT  
    • Calm down.

      Comment by hmmmm — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 10:01am PDT  
  • Fantastic book. Wonderfully written and a look into a side of Los Angeles that most people in the entertainment industry don’t know exists.

    Comment by Bob — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 9:40am PDT  
    • Alison Anders did this years ago….

      Comment by David — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 12:33pm PDT  
      • Love Alison Anders but this is really different than what she did/was doing. It’s like Alison Anders meets Sandra Cisneros or Marquez.

        Comment by Kitt — Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 9:30am PDT  
    • There was also a 1986 movie flop called ‘Echo Park’ with Susan Dey and Tom Hulce. The Allison Anders TV movie ‘In The Echo’ barely registers a blip on the Internet.

      Comment by Bob — Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 11:14am PDT  
  • South Echo Park is a great, culturally diverse place to live.

    Comment by Steve King — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 10:29am PDT  
  • have any of you heard of Mi Vida Loca……..

    Comment by harry — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 11:59am PDT  
  • I haven’t read the book, but the story sounds very good.

    Comment by Sareeta — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 1:52pm PDT  
  • Great news! I was looking for something to replace my nightly ambien.

    Comment by 'Trip' Vaughn — Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 2:34pm PDT  

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