EXCLUSIVE: E! has added another project to its scripted development slate: a high-concept romantic drama from feature writer-directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardly Wait). The project, from E! sibling Universal Cable Prods. and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, centers on a young entertainment lawyer who dies but is determined to pursue a romance with a woman who’s still alive — while he exists in limbo in New York City, working for the department that judges the recently departed. Elfont, Deborah Kaplan and Aaron Kaplan (no relation) executive produce.
CAA-repped Kaplan and Elfont have been partners since meeting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. They recently wrote Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus for Lionsgate with Reese Witherspoon attached to star. On the TV side, the duo wrote and executive produced the ABC comedy pilot American Judy starring Judy Greer last season.
Expanding E!’s reality-driven programming slate to scripted series has been a priority for the network’s new regime following the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. The network announced its first scripted development slate in April.