Hugh Laurie has a great deal of pride and needs to be recognized and appreciated.
The way to really hurt his feelings is to ignore him.
In fact, Salke already had been pursuing the author for development.
A spec pilot script by Kenn and Cunningham was commissioned. “It was very challenging to get the depth and fullness of the book, but they did a phenomenal job, surpassing all expectations,” he said.
It also represents a major move for Hulu as it is looking to establish itself as an original series player.
The streaming service landed “It’s one of the rare situations when you have a burgeoning network that is saying, ‘we are going to plant our flag with this series’,” said Fox 21 TV Studios president Bert Salke, acknowledging Hulu’s Mike Hopkins and Craig Erwich for their role in making the deal.
He has been listed in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the most watched leading man on television and is one of the highest-paid actors in a television drama, earning £250,000 (9,000) per episode in House.
With a pilot script and a map of the first season, which will follow the arc in Nunn’s book, as well as future seasons, the project was taken to the marketplace, triggering a heated bidding and eventually landing at Hulu.
I hear the corporate tie between Hulu, which is partly owned by Fox 21 parent 21st Century Fox, and the studio, was not a factor, with Hulu securing the project by offering a big commitment.
“Hugh has very strong feelings, and he will be involved in every aspect of production,” Salke said.
The script garnered strong interest from major directors, with Abrahamson emerging as the clear choice for the job based on his acclaimed work on awards contender , which has three Golden Globe nominations, including for best picture drama.