The CW’s ‘Melrose Place’ pilot lands Oscar-winning director

02.24.09 8 years ago


Talk about gilding the lily, The CW has landed an Oscar-winning director to  helm the netlet’s reboot of “Melrose Place.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The CW has formally sent “Melrose Place” to pilot (it had formerly just been a script order) and Davis Guggenheim has signed on to direct.

“Smallville” veterans Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin wrote the new “Melrose Place,” which will once again focus on pretty young folks living in the same apartment complex and then the same trendy Los Angeles neighborhood. Swimmer and Slavkin will also serve as executive producers and showrunners if “Melrose Place” follows in the footsteps of “90210” and goes to series.

Guggenheim received his Oscar as director of the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” His TV credits include the pilot for “The Unit,” as well as episodes of “24,” “Alias” and “Numb3rs.” He also directed multiple episodes and served as producer on HBO’s “Deadwood.”

Funny fact that everybody already knows: Guggenheim is married to Elisabeth Shue, which means that Andrew Shue is his brother-in-law. Andrew Shue was, of course, an original star of the original “Melrose Place.” Cameo anybody?

In other pilot directing news, Jeffrey Nachmanoff (“Traitor”) will helm FOX’s drama “Masterwork,” from “Prison Break” creator Paul Scheuring. The “National Treasure”-style drama focuses on a globe-trotting mission to recover a number of the world’s most desired artifacts.

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