Starz has handed a straight-to-series order to their drama project Flesh And Bones, which hails from Breaking Bad scribe Moira Walley-Beckett and tells the story of a ballet drama with a troubled past. Production on the series is slated to commence in early 2014, with Starz eyeing a 2015 premiere.
Created by Moira Walley-Beckett, Flesh and Bone follows Claire, a ballet dancer who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark and gritty series will unflinchingly explore the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world. Dancer Sarah Hay (Black Swan) has been cast in the lead role as Clare. She leads a cast which includes a number of world-renowned dancers, such as former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko and current soloist Sascha Radetsky. Starz retains all domestic and international distribution rights to the new series.
“From the beginning, we all agreed this project could not go forward unless we found a world class dancer who had the ability to convey the widest range of emotions that Moira has written,” says Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz. “This is one of the most challenging and dynamic characters I have even seen and am thrilled to say we found our ‘Claire’ in Ms. Hay.”
Flesh and Bone is the first drama project to land a series order at Starz since the premium cable network pulled out of its co-production agreement with BSkyB for the upcoming 12 episode Sky Atlantic drama series Fortitude. At the time, the netw0rk said they were pulling out of the project as it would not be delivered in time for Q4 2014, where Starz had it slotted, and as such would pick up a new original series for that slot. But with Flesh and Bone not expected to air until 2015, it’s unclear which of the numerous dramas in development will fill Fortitude‘s slot on Starz’s schedule.