Deadline brings word that Universal Television and Keshet Studios are developing a series adaptation of the sci-fi comedy movie Save Yourselves! as part of an extended first-look deal Keshet Studios inked with Universal TV.
The film was written and directed by Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson and had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. It follows the story of Jack and Su, a hip Brooklyn couple who, like many of their friends, find themselves dependent on technology and unable to put down their phones. Fearing their mindless scrolling may impact their connection with each other, they seize the chance to head to an isolated cabin in the woods, vowing to unplug from the outside world for a week. Sheltered from texts and push notifications, they are blissfully unaware that the planet is under attack. As strange events unfold, the couple must figure out a way back to civilization—or what’s left of it.
The movie was led by John Reynolds (Search Party, Stranger Things), and Sunita Mani (GLOW), and also featured Ben Sinclair, John Early, Jo Firestone, Gary Richardson, Johanna Day, Zenobia Shroff, and Amy Sedaris.
Universal Television President Erin Underhill said, “We’ve had an incredibly fruitful relationship with Keshet Studios since 2014 and are excited to continue our collaboration. They have a keen eye for distinct and commercial material and terrific talent relationships, and we look forward to creating emotionally resonant and successful projects together in the years ahead.”
Peter Traugott, President of Keshet Studios, added, “We are thrilled to be extending our formal programming partnership for a third time with UTV. Pearlena, Erin and the entire Universal team have been the perfect creative and collaborative partner right from the get- go. Together we have brought some fantastic adaptations of Israeli shows, shows from all over the world and original ideas to screen. It’s exciting to be busy working on a slate of projects for a variety of networks and streamers, including The A Word, Ties That Bind and La Brea for NBC.”
The extension of the deal between Keshet Studios and Universal TV also comes as they are in development with two new projects at NBC, including The A Word, written by Arika Mittman (Paradise Lost), and Ties That Bind, written by Deirdre Shaw (Bluff City Law). The companies are also currently producing La Brea from David Applebaum for NBC.