Good evening from my house in the Seychelles!
I flew here directly from Herb Allen’s worst Sun Valley conference ever.
Maybe he should just stop and hand it off to Herbert Allen, Jr. Jr. (if there is such a thing).
There’s really no point to these blow fests every year.
The only thing we learned this year was that if you are powerful in business you probably suck at comedy.
It’s nearly 10pm here and I’m bored out of my mind.
Sometimes liquor is a great cure for boredom. Not this time and the internet is awful in the summer with everything being written by interns while the normal writers are on vacation. (Actually, the internet is pretty much always awful.)
I did notice on Deadline.com (which is the reason I’m blogging) that Spike TV is producing “Tut” – an event series starring Sir Ben Kingsley based on the life of King Tut.
SIR BEN KINGSLEY ON SPIKE TV?
Are you fucking kidding me?
Spike TV is the lowest of the low. Maybe a few WWE wrestlers can make cameos in “Tut” and cross-promote.
It seems like this kind of production would need muscle guys slathered in oil screaming at each other.
Is it that easy these days to get Sir Ben Kingsley in a TV series?
Or has his career sunken so low that he has to appear on Spike?
Either way – Manka Bros. is leaping into this phenomenon called “Event Series” with an incredibly ambitious slate that I just thought of in the past few minutes.
Highlights from our upcoming productions include:
“Attila” – A 20-part event series based on the life of Attila the Hun.
“Stalin” – A 15-part event series based on the life of Joseph Stalin.
“Arianna” – A 19-part event series based on the life of Arianna Huffington.
“Quixote” – A 9-part event series based on the life of Don Quixote.
“Thor” – A 12-part event series based on the life of the Norse God Thor.
“Khan” – A 30-part event series based on the life of Khan Manka (Sr.)
“Einstein” – A 12-part event series based on the life of Albert Einstein.
“Super” – A 17-part event series based on the life of Super Dave Osborne.
“Confucius” – A 5-part event series based on the life of Confucius.
“Fillmore” – A 13-part event series based on the life of Millard Fillmore.
“Wagner” – A 20-part event series based on the life of Robert Wagner.
“Wagner” – A 6-part event series based on the life of Richard Wagner.
“Picasso” – A 4-part event series based on the life of Pablo Picasso.
(Note: All of these may star Sir Ben Kingsley or actors who know Sir Ben Kingsley.)
The list goes on and on.
I can think up names of historical figures all day long with the best of ’em. (Are you paying attention, Ben Silverman?)
And Manka Bros. is going to own this market of thinking up event series ideas based on people’s lives (ideas that strangely didn’t appeal to anyone in Hollywood over last few decades even though the source material was always just sitting there).