Stampede, the production label of former Warner Bros. film president Greg Silverman, has set “Gatz” as its first TV series project and has begun development of it at YouTube Premium.
The series will serve as both a reimagining of and a prequel to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” this take based on the academic theory that Fitzgerald was writing about a mixed-race man in Jay Gatsby.
The story will unfold through that lens, embracing the cultural aspects of the time during the height of the Harlem Renaissance. SC Sansiveri will pen and executive produce alongside Shapiro.
Stampede recently hired Paul Shapiro as Head of Television. Shapiro was previously the exec in charge of scripted development at Syfy and helped spearhead its recent renaissance with shows like “The Expanse,” “The Magicians,” “12 Monkeys” and “Channel Zero”.
The company has also set up “Witnesses” at 20th Century Fox TV, that project following a former detective rookie who returns after a decade absence and hunts for a horrific killer. Melissa Scrivner-Love will pen and executive produce alongside Shapiro and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.