Oscar-winning producer/writer/director Oliver Stone and writer Bruce Wagner have entered into a development deal with Epix, teaming on a one-hour scripted drama series.
Based on Wagner's novel of the same name, Still Holding will examine the colliding worlds of three disparate people in Los Angeles and the consequences of love and betrayal of holding on and letting go. The pair, who previously worked together on miniseries Wild Palms, will serve as executive producer on the new project for Epix, the joint venture of Viacom's Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Lionsgate.
Epix currently counts affiliate deals with Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, Charter, Mediacom, Cox and the National Cable Television Cooperative.
"I'm interested in the possibilities in television," said Stone in a statment. "When a company like Epix comes along, it's a chance to break new ground. They want to make their mark. They want to entertain and provoke; they don't want their drama or comedy watered down. The team at Epix showed early on they could provide the supportive environment and creative freedom necessary to recognize the vision Bruce and I have for Still Holding. Epix has the two vital organs that are essential to all human endeavors: guts and heart."
Still Holding joins the movie service's development slate that includes the recently shot Tough Trade, a one-hour drama pilot starring Sam Shepherd and Lucas Black about three generations of music dynasty in Nashville; and iCon, a half-hour, single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-winner Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Media Rights Capital about a technology tycoon, whose ego is a study in power and greed.