Since The L Word ended, many fans have been wondering about the prospect of The L Word the movie being made. After many talks, promises, rumors and jokes we still have not heard a word about this project. It seems that The L Word creator has been busy producing and writing something else these past few years.
Ilene Chaiken & Jennifer Beals ©L-word.com
Earlier this year when all TV networks were announcing their Fall TV schedule, Ilene was all set to produce a medical lesbian drama Rhodes to Recovery but instead she got involved with drama Hail Mary, which once was thought to be a front-runner for CBS. The show was about a suburban single mom played by Minnie Driver who teamed up with a street-wise hustler to solve crimes after her son was murdered. The Pilot wasn’t picked up because, according to reports, it “eventually lost momentum at the network.”
However, there are been more announcements about Chaiken’s involvement with a few new projects. For her first project Ilene has teamed with director-producer Joel Silver for a character-driven procedural which landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. This means that the network and studio enter into an agreement, where the network agrees to air the pilot. If the network does not air the pilot episode, it will owe substantial monetary penalties to the studio. Generally, this commitment guarantees that the pilot will be picked up by the network.
Chaiken will write the drama, centered on an edgy punk hacker girl who teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes. Chaiken and Silver will executive produce with Silver for Warner Bros. TV where Silver’s TV Company is based. The deal will keep Ilene in the CBS family after she worked with the network on the Hail Mary Pilot.
The second project is set up by Dick Wolf’s Universal TV-based production company as an hour-long show for NBC network, which puts a twist on a classic medical drama. Ilene’s project is still untitled and it centers on lesbian couple who are doctors at an inner-city Philadelphia hospital. Does it mean Ilene is returning to her previous project Rhodes to Recovery? It is possible, though that project only involved one lesbian and not a couple.
It seems that Ms. Chaiken is going to be pretty busy with her current commitments so she might not have time to write The L Word movie after all.