WarnerMedia sets the stage for the streaming wars by announcing two new original series Station Eleven and Made For Love, both of which will be adapted by the novels of the same name by writer Patrick Somerville. WarnerMedia recently announced a pricing plan for its upcoming streaming service, one that, despite a higher price point than, say, Disney+, makes up for it with access to the WarnerMedia archive, original content, and HBO and Cinemax. Now it looks as though some of what that original content will included is coming to light.
Somerville is the author of the novels The Cradle and This Bright River, as well as two short story collections, Trouble: Stories and The UIniverse in Minature in Minature. His work in television includes HBO’s The Leftovers and Netflix’s Maniac, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, which was an adaptation of a Scandinavian series of the same name. Maniac saw Somerville paired with a single filmmaker in Bond 25 director Cary Joji Fukunaga, and it looks as though he’ll be continuing that trend with his two new series for WarnerMedia.
In an official release from WarnerMedia, Somerville will serve as showrunner and executive producer on both Station Eleven and Made For Love, while acclaimed filmmakers Hiro Murai and S.J. Clarkson will helm the two series. For Murai this marks a chance to venture into a post-apocalyptic landscape, something different from his more recent efforts on FX’s Atlanta and HBO’s Barry. Meanwhile, Collateral and (potential) Star Trek director Clarkson will be directing Made For Love, a half-hour quasi-comedy in the vein of Fleabag. You can read an official synopsis of both series below:
"A post-apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, Station Eleven tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what's been lost. Based on the international bestseller by Emily St. John Mandel, which was both a National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, Station Eleven is a 10-episode limited series drama. It will be created by Patrick Somerville (Maniac, The Leftovers), who will also serve as the showrunner, and directed by Hiro Murai (Atlanta, Barry, Childish Gambino’s This is America), with Paramount serving as the studio. Somerville and Murai will executive produce along with Scott Steindorff, Scott Delman and Dylan Russell. Nate Matteson will serve as co-EP.
Made for Love is a 10-episode, half-hour, straight-to-series adaptation based on the tragicomic novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting. A dark, absurd, and cynically poignant story of divorce and revenge, this series shows how far some will go for love, and how much further others will go to destroy it. The series follows Hazel Green, a thirtysomething woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to an unstable, needy, possibly sociopathic tech billionaire. Soon she discovers that her husband has already implanted a revolutionary monitoring device – the Made for Love– in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her, and know her thoughts and feelings as she tries to stay alive. Also, there are dolphins.”
As acquisitions of original content go, both Station Eleven and Made For Love make it sound as though WarnerMedia is getting off on the right foot. That the service is pairing with Somerville, as well as talented filmmakers like Murai and Clarkson is another positive step in the right direction.
Station Eleven and Made For Love do not have premiere dates.