Patricia Arquette is expected to star, direct and produce the limited series “Love Canal” currently in development at Showtime, Variety exclusively learned.
The series is based on Will Battersby’s upcoming documentary “The Canal” and journalist Keith O’Brien’s upcoming book titled “Paradise Falls”.
âLove Canalâ is about a group of blue collar workers who came together in the late 1970s to fight for environmental justice for their community. The women became activists when they realized that 20,000 tonnes of deadly chemicals were buried under their neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York. With little formal education or training, they clashed with the chemical industry and the US government and inspired the first major environmental rights legislation in the United States.
Colette Burson writes the series and will be an executive producer and showrunner. Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures will also executive produce with Battersby via Reno Productions and Richard Abate and Molly Madden from 3 Arts Entertainment. Showtime will produce.
The role reunites Arquette and Showtime, with the actress earning a 2019 Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Limited Series for her role in “Escape at Dannemora.” Arquette won an Emmy the same year in Best Supporting Actress in a limited series category for Hulu’s âThe Actâ. She is also an Oscar winner, picking up the Best Supporting Actress statuette for “Boyhood” in 2015. Arquette is also known for her role in NBC’s supernatural proceeding “Medium”, for which she won the ‘Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series. in 2005. Her other notable roles include “True Romance”, “Stigmata” and “Bringing Out the Dead”.
It is replaced by 3 Arts Entertainment and Gersh.
Burson previously co-created and served as showrunner on the HBO series “Hung”. She is currently adapting Sarah Frey’s autobiography “The Growing Season” for Danny Strong Productions while writing “Two Ways to Go Blind” for Anonymous Content Studios.
She is replaced by Anonymous Content and Shapiro Johnson Slewett and Kole.
Safehouse Director Joby Harold is currently writing and producing the Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Ewan McGregor at Disney Plus. Their company recently produced the Netflix series “Spinning Out” for Netflix and “Underground” for WGN America.
Safehouse is replaced by CAA.