Starz Greenlights Anthology Series Based On Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.23.2014
Coming Soon reports that Starz has announced the greenlight of a 13-part anthology series based on Steven Soderbergh's 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience, which was originally released through Magnolia Pictures. Soderberg and Philip Fleishman will executive produce with Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, who will write and direct. It will feature 13 half-hour episodes. The original film was written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.
Here's a synopsis: "The Girlfriend Experience" explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex. These purveyors – or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience) – share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said: "We are all such fans of the movie that the idea of exploring this world through many different characters, voices and points of view was especially intriguing. Steven and Philip's approach to the format is unique and not something seen on the entertainment landscape today. Working with Steven is always a thrill, and we are excited to break the mold with this project yet again."
Executive Producer Steven Soderbergh said: "We're in an exciting period of auteur-driven television right now. When Philip floated the idea of a 'Girlfriend Experience'-inspired television show, I thought: 'let's make it a different woman in a different city, let's pair two independent writer/directors, one male and one female, and let them do the whole thing.' I've known Lodge for 20 years and I became a fan of Amy's when I saw her first feature last summer. We went to Chris Albrecht because he and I have been trying to find something to do together since we did 'K Street' 11 years ago. He responded without hesitation to both the idea of the show and the approach."
Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik added: "We're excited to work with Steven and Philip to develop this anthology series that takes viewers into a world where intimacy has a price. We were captivated by Steven's exploration of a story where emotional consequences arise, surprising and complicating the lives of both the clients and the professional 'lovers.' This series gives Starz an opportunity to work with some of the most talented independent filmmakers of today, and craft a cinematic exploration into the hearts of relationships – in line with the original film."
Executive Producer Philip Fleishman said: "Many of these women are extremely accomplished. They range from musicians in major orchestras to PhD candidates in the sciences and often feel empowered by the control and economic freedom their work as GFE's affords them. The question is whether they define a new genus of contemporary relationship, or have relationships always been transactionally based in one form or another?"