Starz Saves ‘Three Women’ With Shailene Woodley

The now-completed show joins “Minx” as the streamer’s latest castoff.

Just days after Showtime cut the bait on the now-completed series “Three Women” starring Shailene Woodley, Starz swooped in to acquire and save the show, as first reported. THR. However, a person familiar with the matter told IndieWire that the rights to the show are still being negotiated.

THR also reported that “Three Women,” based on the book by Lisa Taddeo, was acquired by both HBO and Amazon before landing at Starz.

Starz had no comment.

Although principal production has now wrapped, Showtime has followed a trend that began with “Batgirl” of streamers and networks cutting their losses and taking tax write-offs on projects that have already been completed or are in the works. If a deal goes through, “Three Women” would add to Starz, which previously saved the upcoming second season of “Minx,” which premiered on HBO last year. The show was produced by Lionsgate TV, Starz’s parent company.

Woodley stars in “Three Women” alongside DeWanda Wise, Betty Gilpin, Gabrielle Creevy, Blair Underwood and John Patrick Amedori. Taddeo adapted his book of the same name and is also an executive producer on the show. Laura Eason is showrunner and executive producer, with Kathy Ciric and Emmy Rossum also serving as executive producers. Louise Friedberg (“Y: The Last Man”, “Borgen”) directed the first two parts of the series.

According to the official synopsis, the show “follows three women on a fast track to turn their lives upside down.” Woodley plays a writer who persuades the three women to tell their stories, and the series explores how his relationship with them changes his own life.

Showtime originally bought “Three Women” in a bidding war in 2019 and developed the project, but that was under the leadership of David Nevins, who ordered the show straight to series and planned for a 2022 release. . Showtime is now merging with Paramount+, and with Showtime’s new head Chris McCarthy in charge, Showtime is leaning more toward franchises, taking a “Yellowstone” approach to universe building, and even spin-offs like “Billion” and “Dexter ” also develops its history. ” As a result, Showtime canceled two other series, “Let the Right One In” and “American Gigolo”. And Paramount+ subsequently halted work on a film based on Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” shortly before it was set to begin production.

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