DirecTV is joining Amazon and Netflix in the push toward generating original programming for its subscribers, and it has tapped one of the more talented filmmakers and playwrights of the modern age to do so.
The pay-tv giant announced today that it has given the greenlight to ten episodes of the original drama "Full Circle," from writer/director Neil LaBute. LaBute is one of the more prolific modern playwrights, while also serving as writer and director of the biting social satire features "Your Friends & Neighbors" and "In The Company of Men" (starring future Two-Face Aaron Eckhart). Of course, he also wrote and directed the stinker of a remake that was Nicolas Cage's "The Wicker Man."
"We are thrilled that our quest to provide our customers with exclusive, original and daring programming led Audience to 'Full Circle' and Neil LaBute," said Chris Long, senior Vice president Entertainment and Production, DIRECTV. "In dissecting how closely connected we all are, 'Full Circle' will take viewers on a journey that will traverse the full range of human emotion. I know the series will flourish under the stewardship of Neil and Nick Hamm."
The new series sounds like it is much in the same vein, playing to LaBute's strengths in examining relationships and the human condition through a series of conversations between people whose lives are intertwined. "Full Circle" would be the creator's first foray into television, and will air on DirecTV's Audience channel. He is tapped to pen and executive produce the series.
"I am always interested in pushing the boundaries of entertainment and I'm very lucky to find kindred spirits in both Nick Hamm at Momentum and the folks at DIRECTV," said writer Neil LaBute. "They have all taken a chance on "Full Circle" which features an unconventional structure and a revolving cast of characters--it's a pleasure to work with people who believe that it's still possible to marry artistic quality with audience appeal. I'm really excited to create some quality television with these forward-thinking colleagues of mine."