Charter Communications, who recently did a deal for a thirteen-episode series order of “Bad Boys” film franchise spin-off series “LA’s Finest,” is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Lionsgate Television for a two-season order of its anthology series “Manhunt”.
The series was originally set at Discovery Channel with the first season, “Manhunt: Unabomber” starring Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany, premiering last year to strong reviews, solid numbers and an excellent performance on Netflix shortly after.
But Discovery retooled its programming strategy and ditched scripted series, so they opted not to order a second instalment of “Manhunt”. Lionsgate began shopping it around and Charter Communications pursued the project aggressively.
Now talks are underway for two ten-episode seasons, the first of which will chronicle the manhunt for domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph, better known as the Olympic Park Bomber, and AT&T security Richard Jewell who was lauded and then accused of the bombings at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
The show’s first season executive producers John Goldwyn and Andrew Sodroski will return to shepherd the new seasons.