Bob Greenblatt is teaming up with “The West Wing” star Allison Janney and writer Alexa Jung (“Grace & Frankie”) to adapt the book “Confident Women” into an anthology series for Amazon Prime Video.
The project represents her first television project for Janney, as a non-writer executive producer alongside her producing partner Thruline’s Chris Henze. (She may not star in the first season, but the door is open for her to appear on camera in future episodes.) Janney and Henze pitched the idea to Greenblatt, a former NBC, Showtime, WarnerMedia and Fox exec, and got busy. After launching a new stable of projects in development.
Written by Tori Telfer and released last year, the book (full title: “Proud Women: Scammers, Grifters, and Female Persuasive Sculptures”) chronicles the stories of mothers over the past several decades.
“I think it’s a great way to tell some female-centric stories, but with a dark twist,” Greenblatt said Difference. “Not ‘Dahmer’. It’s not about serial killers. But these women have done something incredible. Men have been getting headlines for years and years for committing crimes. And it’s time for women to get some time.
“Women of Confidence” each season revolves around the story of one woman, starting with the life of Sante Kimes, an American Indian woman who has suffered multiple injuries and is even responsible for two murders over several years.
“Everyone is driven to this life for different reasons,” Greenblatt said. “And show why. Some of these stories are truly amazing.”
Greenblatt previously worked with Jung on Showtime’s “The United States of Tara.” Greenblatt, who served as producer on “Six Feet Under,” will be EP with Jung, Jani and Heinz. Telfer is on board as co-EP. The project comes from Amazon Studios and Trueline Entertainment.
“I am very excited to work with Gara [Janney] As a dear friend,” he said. “It’s her first effort at acting and it was her and her producing partner Chris Heinze who brought the book to me and we jumped into it together.”
Meanwhile, Greenblatt is busy ramping up development at his new company, The Green Division, which has a first-look deal at Lionsgate.
His latest project under this deal is also on Amazon Freevy: the dark comedy “Dirty Action” which has been completed by Amazon Studios.
The project, from writers Tom and Charlotte Melia, follows a woman and her two best 20-something friends who find that the only way to become a homeowner may be to kill her evil grandfather.
“Rich grandma has this amazing house,” Greenblatt said, “and she’s a very hardworking and scary person.” “The friends eventually realize that the only way out of their financial problems is to kill the grandfather. And as you can see right off the bat, she deserves it. It’s a little bit like, ‘He threw them off the train.’
Amazon Studios, Lionsgate and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions (which has a deal with Lionsgate) are all behind the show, which Greenblatt will produce, with John Wu as co-EP, for Green Room. Also on board is Roberto Troni, as an EP for Various Artists Limited, Angie Stephens as an EP for BBC Studios.
“Dirty Deed” is the third project from Greenblatt’s deal at Lionsgate, which is also behind the murder mystery anthology series “Death at Penn State” on Hulu and Peacock.