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Debra Martin Chase Sells Modern-Day 'Great Expectations' As A Sexy Soap, To ABC

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 9, 2012 at 9:11PM

It was August when it was announced that veteran producer Debra Martin Chase had inked a 2-year deal at ABC Studios, which will see her develop TV projects through her company, Martin Chase Prods.
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Debra Martin Chase

It was August when it was announced that veteran producer Debra Martin Chase had inked a 2-year deal at ABC Studios, which will see her develop TV projects through her company, Martin Chase Prods.

The new deal brings Chase back to ABC, where she launced her TV career as exec producer of the 1997 musical film Cinderella starring Brandy and Whitney Houston

At the time, it was said that Chase was on the hunt for a "dedicated TV executive" to assist her in this new ABC deal. Apparently she's found one in Charles Pugliese (co-producer of I'm Not There for the big screen, and GCB for TV).

As Chase noted at the time...

"The best drama now is on television with terrific writing and great acting... What would be a medium-size feature that may not get made now can move to TV (as a series) with great success... ABC’s brand of sexy, emotional and fun female-driven, character-driven dramas is what I do, so my brand and sensibility fits very well with theirs."

She pointed to ABC series like Shonda Rhimes' Scandal as an example of the kind of show she likes.

Skip ahead a couple months to the first project under this 2-year deal with ABC, a drama titled Legacy, and described as...

... a sexy soap and a modern-day twist on the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations.

Jeremy Anderson and Patrick Moss will write the script and co-executive produce. Debra Martin Martin will executive produce. 

The original Great Expectations follows the evolution an orphan named Pip, essentially a coming-of-age tale set in London in the early-to-mid 1800s. No word on how exactly the story will be adapted into a sexy soap with a modern-day twist; and nothing on casting yet either, or ETA.

Chase has produced several film and TV projects including Just Wright, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and the recent Sparkle remake.

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