Akiva Goldsman Strikes First-Look Deal With MGM Television; Boards Sci-Fi Dramas ‘Ringworld’ & ‘Aurora Rising’

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A Beautiful Mind writer Akiva Goldsman has struck a first-look deal with MGM Television to develop scripted drama.

Goldsman and his production company Weed Road Pictures has signed a multi-year deal with The Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo studio. Previously, Goldman had a two-year, non-exclusive first-look deal at Imagine Television.

The move will see the Oscar-winner write and executive produce MGM’s Ringworld, based on Larry Niven’s classic 1970’s science fiction book, which is set up at Amazon. The series tells the story of Louis Gridley Wu, a bored man celebrating his 200th birthday in a technologically advanced, future Earth.

He will also produce Aurora Rising, an adaptation of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s bestselling Ya sci-fi thriller that MGM recently optioned.

Goldman, whose feature credits include Cinderella Man, I, Robot, The Da Vinci Code, and I Am Legend, has been increasingly moving into the small-screen. He was
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