Enigmatic Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) and Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions have signed a first look deal with HBO to develop the cult drama The Crux, reports Deadline Hollywood. Though there's not yet any pilot order, Spacey is attached to star in the series, which centers on a charismatic cult leader.
Spacey and the project's production team shopped around The Crux to various cable networks earlier this summer, eliciting interest from HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Fx, before eventually ending up at HBO, where Spacey had previously worked on the network's 2008 movie Recount, for which he earned an Emmy nod.
For better or for worse, The Crux sounds strongly reminiscent of Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming drama The Master, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a charismatic cult leader in the 1950s. If it is as critically successful as I expect, the release of Anderson's film in 2011 could very well generate enough popular interest in the subject matter to push Spacey's Crux into production.