Julia Garner’s First Project at Tomorrow Studios Will Be an International Jewel Heist Drama

Via Variety, we’ve learned that Tomorrow Studios is coming out with many new shows, one of which is from actress Julia Garner. Garner and her producing partner Rowan Riley sealed a first-look deal with Tomorrow Studios, an ITV partnership, earlier this year. Under this deal, Garner and Riley would develop a scripted series via their Alma Margo production company for Tomorrow.

“Above all else, Alma Margo is looking for bold and original content, so we thought it only natural to partner with a studio that also fits that description,” said Garner and Riley. “We are incredibly proud to be working with Tomorrow Studios who exhibit every quality that we’re looking for in a partner: intelligence, drive, experience and passion.”

Their first series will be a drama about an international jewel heist titled Balabusta. Garner will presumably lead the show’s cast, but there has been no news of anyone else’s involvement. According to Tomorrow Studios CEO/founder Marty Adelstein, Garner has been very engaged and involved every step of the way.

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“That’s probably one of the best deals we’ve ever made. We’re really happy to be in business with her,” said Adelstein.

Garner, of course, has been having a very good year with two Emmy nominations this week. Inventing Anna, where she played criminal Anna Delvey, received the nomination for lead actress in a limited series. Ozark, where Garner plays criminal Ruth Langmore, received the nomination for supporting actress in a drama. Garner had, in fact, previously won two Emmy for her work in Ozark in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

“As we continue to grow Tomorrow Studios, we’re thrilled to partner with Julia, Rowan and their team at Alma Margo to create compelling scripted series with a global reach,” said Adelstein and president/partner Becky Clements. “We share their enthusiasm for meaningful programming and love their focus on elevating emerging talent.”

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Balabusta is just one of the studio’s projects as Adelstein and Clements ramp up the output. The company has also struck a deal with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions to jointly adapt Freedom by Jonathan Frazen in a series. The story of Freedom is about a St. Paul couple who begin as idealistic parents, only to begin questioning everything as the American society around them starts to crumble.

“The book is fantastic and there’s just nothing better than getting a piece of material from a writer like Melanie Marnich,” Clements says.

Two other shows Tomorrow is behind are TNT’s Snowpiercer and Apple TV+’s Physical, starring Rose Byrne. Snowpiercer is currently about to end with its upcoming fourth season and has received its first-ever Emmy nomination for visual effects. Physical recently completed its second season, with Clements saying she was “so proud of Annie Weisman, who created it, and Rose [Byrne] is very involved, along with Stephanie Laing, our director.”

Two shows currently in production are Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the manga series One Piece and Showtime’s adaptation of Let the Right One In, starring Demian Bichir. Besides that, Tomorrow also has a first-look deal with Frank Spotnitz’s Bug Lights Prods., which is focused on the international space. The company also launched an adult animation called Work Friends that produces the series 10 Year Old Tom for HBO Max.

Adelstein and Clements say that they’re averaging optioning between one or two properties per month. Something that they’re looking to expand is Tommorows’s comedy brand. According to Clements, she and Adelstein have done a lot of comedy in their day, and they really want “to launch our comedy business in a greater way.”

“We love it. I personally think that one hour are going to become half hours, we’re going to be moving in that realm of 30-minute programming across the board. We just like great comedic voices, so we’re trying to really pick up that side of the business,” said Clements.