While AMC launches its sixth and final season of “Better Call Solo” this month, the network is already planning to stay in business with star Bob Odenkork (“Better Call Solo”, “Nobody”, “Into the Heavy”). The cable network is developing a series based on Richard Rousseau’s novel The Immediate Man, starring William Henry Devereau Jr., chairman of the English department at a heavily underfunded college in Pennsylvania.
AMC has ordered scripts for the project, and if it is approved, the premiere is scheduled for 2023. The project is represented by Aaron Zelman (“Silicon Valley”, “Thinking Like a Criminal”) and Paul Lieberstein (“Office”, “News Service”), who are adapting the book and acting as showrunners.
Sony Pictures’ Television TriStar TV and Mark Johnson’s Gran Via, which is behind the series “Better Call Solo” and “Into the Heavy”, are the producers.
Zelman, Lieberstein, Odenkirk, Peter Farrelli (“Green Book”), who will be the director, Richard Rousseau, Naomi Odenkirk and Mark Provisero are executive producers.
Rousseau, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Empire Falls in 2002, published the novel The Immediate Man in 1997 at Random House.
Description of the novel
A hilarious and honest, compassionate and witty story of one impossible week in the life of Hank Devereaux. Reluctantly and against his own nature, William Henry Devereaux Jr., who prefers to be simply called Hank, heads the English department at a run-down college somewhere in the rusty Pennsylvania belt. Hank himself is an observer and anarchist by nature, but the department is rapidly collapsing even without his efforts. Within a week, Hank will have to go through a lot of trials and even disasters. An enraged colleague will break his nose, a graduate student will try to seduce him, on local TV he will be accused of executing a goose, his father will come with a desire to reconcile forever, and some body functions will suddenly go on strike. A sad and funny novel about academic losers, about freedom and non-freedom and just about good people.
I loved how Paul and Aaron embarked on Richard’s excellent and fascinating novel. And again an AMC project with an emphasis on the depth and sensitivity of the characters. This (academic) environment seems very relevant for the conversations we all have. I am attracted by the tone of humanity and humor in the novel, and I look forward to this role.