Cate Blanchett inks first-look TV deal at FX
After making her first major return to television earlier this year with the network’s critically acclaimed historical drama, Mrs. America star Cate Blanchett and her production banner Dirty Films have inked a first-look TV deal with FX Productions, according to Variety.
Formed over 20 years ago, Dirty Films is headed by the two-time Oscar winner alongside her husband Andrew Upton and Coco Francini, with the new deal coming on the heels of the banner entering a first-look film production deal with New Republic Pictures.
“Cate Blanchett is a legendary talent and it was little surprise that her first role as an Executive Producer and star in an American television program – Mrs. America – was such an overwhelming success,” Gina Balian, president of original programming for FX Entertainment, said in a statement. “Cate, Andrew and Coco are equally talented at crafting and producing incredible stories and we welcome this opportunity to support their future television projects under this overall agreement.”
In addition to having starred in the Dahvi Waller-created miniseries, Blanchett acted as executive producer alongside Waller, Francini, Stacey Sher (Reno 911!) and Captain Marvel filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. The nine-episode series debuted in April on Hulu under the FX on Hulu label and received rave reviews from critics, currently maintaining a 95 percent “Certified Fresh” rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes.
“We are excited to continue working with John (Landgraf), Eric (Schrier), Gina and the entire brilliant team at FX,” the Dirty Films partners said in a joint statement. “Through our collaboration on ‘Mrs. America,’ we’ve experienced firsthand their enthusiasm for robust conversations, and their unwavering support for bold and ambitious entertainment.”
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