Michael C. Hall to Adapt AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE for Showtime

     May 6, 2013


Michael C. Hall (Dexter) is sticking with Showtime, though it will be in a primarily behind-the-scenes role.  Hall will take on the title of executive producer for a new series based on the Matthew Specktor novel, American Dream Machine.  Set in Hollywood but fluctuating between the 1970s and modern times, the story centers on talent agents and their troubled sons.  If the project moves forward to pilot, Hall may be eyeing a small role but will focus mostly on his off-camera duties.  Dexter showrunner Scott Buck will supervise the script, also written by Specktor.  Hit the jump for more.

THR reports that Hall will serve as executive producer on the American Dream Machine series for Showtime.  Meanwhile, Hall will be wrapping up the bloody serial killer series Dexter with its final season that kicks off June 30th.

american-dream-machine-matthew-specktor-book-coverHere’s the book description (via Amazon):

American Dream Machine is the story of two talent agents and their three troubled boys, heirs to Hollywood royalty. It’s a sweeping narrative about fathers and sons, the movie business, and the sundry sea changes that have shaped Hollywood and, by extension, American life.

Beau Rosenwald—overweight, not particularly handsome, and improbably charismatic—arrives in Los Angeles in 1962 with nothing but an ill-fitting suit and a pair of expensive brogues. By the late 1970s he has helped found the most successful agency in Hollywood. Through the eyes of his son, we watch Beau and his partner go to war, waging a seismic battle that redraws the lines of an entire industry. We watch Beau rise and fall and rise again, in accordance with the cultural transformations that dictate the fickle world of movies. We watch Beau’s partner, the enigmatic and cerebral Williams Farquarsen, struggle to contain himself, to control his impulses and consolidate his power. And we watch two generations of men fumble and thrive across the LA landscape, learning for themselves the shadows and costs exacted by success and failure. Mammalian, funny, and filled with characters both vital and profound, American Dream Machine is a piercing interrogation of the role—nourishing,