An Oscar winner is set to write a 1960s period piece for Starz.
William Monahan, who won an Academy Award for writing “The Departed” is developing “Crime,” a study of criminal enterprises and scandal in Britain in the 1960s.
The project has received a script commitment from Starz. It was originally developed to be a feature film by Vanessa Sadler.
Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven, William Green and Andy Horwitz will executive produce along with Monahan. Justine Suzanne Jones, Henceforth Pictures (Monahan’s production company) president of development, will also co- executive produce. Monahan’s agent Josh Varney helped arrange the deal.
The development will be financed by Starz and Sonar Entertainment. Sonar secured the option for worldwide distribution, and Starz will hold U.S. pay TV and home entertainment rights.
Starz has many projects in development, including four scripted series being launched in 2013. The network is also developing “Incursion,” a sci- fi action thriller from Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”) and “Turf,” about hip hop’s birth from Patrick Macmanus. Starz will lose its Disney films in 2016.
Monahan also wrote the screenplay for “The Gambler” from Martin Scorsese (which is coming soon) and Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”