Jessica Simpson’s ‘Open Book’ Pilot Not Moving Forward at Amazon Freevee
The scripted pilot based on Jessica Simpson’s bestselling memoir “Open Book” is not moving forward at Amazon Freevee, Variety It has been confirmed. Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s period comedy “Western” has also been scrapped, though both potential series are now being shopped elsewhere.
Pilot for “Open Book” was ordered Amazon Freevee, October. Tom Kapinos was set to executive produce and write the script. Adam Bernstein joined as a producer and director. Katelyn Tarver would portray Sadie Sparrow, a young performer based upon Simpson. John Stamos was cast to be Butch, her older, songwriter. They would become more than just music lovers over time.
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Simpson was appointed to executive produce the project along with Patrick Moran, who owns PKM Productions. Lauren Auslander was also involved as executive producer.
Meanwhile, Lord and Miller’s “Western” was set to star “Pen15’s” Anna Konkle as Polly, “a young high-society woman from Philadelphia who travels out west on a desperate quest for a husband only to discover that she has been catfished by a teenage boy,” according to the pilot’s logline. “Now stranded in 1866 Montana, Polly, along with the town’s other inhabitants, must find their place in this ever-changing new world, confronting and defying all expectations society has of them along the way.”
“Western” was set to be written by Michelle Morgan, who would also executive produce along with Lord, Miller, Aditya Sood and Lucy Kitada. Tony Yacenda, who was onboard to executive produce and direct, was also present.
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