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Denise Thé, Melissa Scrivner Love & Amanda Segel Ink Sony Pictures TV Deal, Set Projects With Ted Chiang & Gus Van Sant, Ben Winters

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EXCLUSIVE: TV writers-producers Denise Thé, Melissa Scrivner Love, and Amanda Segel have formally launched Third Rail Productions with a first-look deal at Sony Pictures Television.

Under the two-year pact, the trio will develop and produce scripted series for cable and streaming, focusing on dramas with female leads.

Third Rail’s inaugural development slate includes two projects with high-profile auspices. Understand is based on sci-fi author Ted Chiang‘s short story from his award-winning collection Stories of Your Life and Others, with Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) attached to direct.

The story follows a woman who gains extraordinary intelligence after doctors use an experimental drug to save her life. Her intellect grows, her moral center decays, and she becomes embroiled in a high stakes battle with another super-intelligent individual.

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