HBO Max has ordered pilots for three new series, the most notable being a prequel to its 1998 Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman-led magical family drama “Practical Magic”.
“Rules of Magic” will be based on the two novels by Alice Hoffman in that series. Set in 1960s New York City, it follows three troubled siblings – Franny, Jet and Vincent Owens – who wrestle with ‘abnormalities’ that have kept them isolated.
But the tumultuous times unearth the extraordinary discovery that they are, in fact, descendants of a bloodline of witches. The two sisters will become the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in “Practical Magic” while their brother will leave an unexpected legacy.
“Jessica Jones” creator Melissa Rosenberg will write and executive produce, her first project under her new overall deal with WBTV. Dana Baratta will also write and executive produce with Denise Di Novi and Nina Tassler. A writers room is currently being setup for a potential ten-episode series order.
Also on the way is the half-hour dramedy “Generation” which was created by 17-year-old Zelda Barnz who will serve as the writer and co-executive producer on the project. The story follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality tests deeply entrenched beliefs in their conservative community. Lena Dunham will serve as an executive producer.
Finally there’s the hour-long drama “Red Bird Lane,” a young adult psychological horror series about eight strangers who arrive at an isolated house and quickly realize that something sinister and terrifying awaits them. Sara Gran will write and executive produce alongside John Wells and Erin Jontow.
Source: TV Line