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American Psycho film studio Pressman develops series for push into television

Pressman Film, the indie studio behind movies including American Psycho, The Crow, Wall Street and Badlands, is moving into TV development and production for the first time after 55 years in business.

Sam Pressman

The LA-based company is developing projects with producers and writers including Ernest Dickerson (Bosch, The Wire), Eric Overmyer (Bosch, The Man in the High Castle), Joseph Quesada (Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) and Omri Shenhar (Tehran, Magpie) and Yona Rozenkier (The Commune, The Dive).

Pressman Film was launched by legendary producer Edward Pressman in 1969 and has produced more than 90 films since. Today, the company is led by his son, Sam Pressman, as CEO.

The project with Overmyer and Dickerson is described as a “revisionist history western series,” which Pressman is preparing to shop to buyers, while the project with Shenhar and Rozenkier is an international action thriller from Pressman, Endemol Shine Israel (Valley of Tears, Nevso, Traffic Lights) and producer Ophira Dagan.

In addition, Pressman is partnering with Quesada on a television adaptation of one of Pressman’s horror films.

Upcoming projects from Pressman this year include the reboot of movie The Crow, starring Bill Skarsgård and director Rupert Sanders. Lionsgate is distributing the film, which will be released on August 23 in the US.

“Our intention at Pressman Film is to produce TV with the same philosophy that has guided our work for the last 50 years: champion the storyteller’s vision to make motion pictures that not only entertain but challenge audiences of all kinds by subverting conventionality,” said Sam Pressman.

“I can’t wait for viewers to see what we’re cooking up with our incredible collaborators.”

Chief operating officer Paula Paizes added: “A few years ago, our team decided to seriously explore expanding into television and we’ve now managed to develop a slate of series with terrific showrunners and leading creative partners from across the globe. Our expansion into television aligns with our line-up of upcoming films from both, including next month’s highly anticipated reboot of The Crow.”

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