Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced today that Starz has put into development a new hour-long scripted drama WonderWorld, with Owen Wilson, Rene Balcer, Fred Berner and Regina Lee. Set in Ronald Reagan's America and inspired by one of the biggest undercover operations in FBI history, WonderWorld follows two straight-Arrow FBI agents as they infiltrate the violent Mob-controlled porn industry of the 1980s, with dire consequences for themselves and their families.
Executive Producer Owen Wilson is known for his long association with the film maker Wes Anderson, having shared co-writing and acting credits in the films Bottle Rocket (1996) which was his acting début and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as acting in Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Darjeeling Limited (2007). Wilson is also known for his collaborations with Ben Stiller, appearing in eight films together including Meet the Parents (2000) and the cult classic Zoolander (2001). More recently he has starred in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011).
Emmy-Award winning writer and producer Rene Balcer will be Executive Producer, writer and showrunner on WonderWorld. Balcer is best known for his work as head writer and showrunner of Law & Order, and as the co-creator, head writer and showrunner of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He most recently created and produced the series JO in Paris with Jean Reno and Jill Hennessy. Balcer has won numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy, a Peabody and the WGA Award.
Fred Berner will serve as Executive Producer on WonderWorld. Berner is best known for his work as an Executive Producer/Director on Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, as well as "Magic City." Berner's film credits include Pollock and Vanya on 42nd Street. Regina Lee will serve as a producer on WonderWorld as a development executive for Owen Wilson's production company, which recently launched its TV arm. Previously, Lee was a development executive for Hugh Jackman's Seed Productions, where she was the executive in charge of 20th Century Fox's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Deception. Lee also brought the Broadway musical "Houdini" into the company, which Jackman will star in. Lee began her executive career as a Creative Executive for Universal Pictures, where she supervised American Wedding and Curious George.