HBO is going back into business with Mare van Easttown creator Brad Ingelsby.
The premium cable outlet has ordered a limited series about a law enforcement team and the criminals they try to apprehend. Mark Ruffalo will star and serve as an executive producer.
The series was in the works long before the writers’ strike began, and casting decisions were also made before then. There has been no further development since the strike began in early May and there is no production start date yet.
The self-titled series marks a return to HBO for both Ruffalo and Ingelsby. The actor won an Emmy in 2020 for the limited series I know this is much true and also starred in the outlet’s 2014 movie The normal heart (for which he also received an Emmy nomination). Ingelsby created and executive produced Mare van Easttown for HBO, which won four Emmys and earned Ingelsby a nod for writing.
Independent studio Wiip, who was behind it Mare van Easttown, will produce the new series. Jeremiah Zagar (We the animalsthat of Netflix Rush) will direct.
“We are absolutely thrilled to once again join forces with Brad Ingelsby, the brilliant author behind it Mare van Easttown. Brad’s boundless creativity and unparalleled ability to captivate audiences is nothing short of inspiring, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on a new journey together,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice programmer and head of HBO dramas and motion pictures. “When the opportunity arose to work with Mark on another series, we all jumped at the chance to see him once again breathe great humanity into a new role. We are also honored to be working with Jeremiah, an unparalleled director whose deep understanding of visual storytelling will only take this project to new heights. The convergence of these talents is so exciting and we can’t wait to share this story with the world.”
Ingelsby will executive produce with Wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal, Zagar and Ruffalo. Nicole Jordan-Webber and Jeremy Yaches from Public Record are co-EPs.
Ingelsby is represented by LBI, CAA, McKuin Frankel and ID. Ruffalo is from Lighthouse Management & Media, UTA, Relevant and Keith Klevan. Zagar and Yaches, co-founders of Public Record, are represented by WME and Granderson Des Rochers.