Matt Bomer-Led Limited Series ‘Fellow Travelers’ Greenlit at Showtime
Showtime has officially spotlighted the “Fellow Travelers” limited series starring Matt Bomer.
Showtime gave the series an eight-episode order. Variety exclusively reported that the show was in the works at the premium cable company in September 2021.
Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon, the series is described as an epic love story and political thriller, chronicling the volatile romance of two very different men who meet in the shadow of McCarthy-era Washington. . Bomer will play the handsome and charismatic Hawkins Fuller, who enjoys a behind-the-scenes, financially rewarding political career. Hawkins avoids emotional entanglements – until he meets Tim Laughlin, a young man brimming with idealism and religious faith. They begin a romance just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on “subversives and sexual deviants”, initiating one of the darkest periods in 20th century American history. Over the course of four decades, Hawk and Tim crossed paths through the protests of the Vietnam War of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s, and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, while dealing with obstacles in the world and in themselves.
“Philadelphia” writer and Oscar nominee Ron Nyswaner is adapting the book for the screen and will also serve as an executive producer. Daniel Minahan, who recently directed “Halston” for Netflix, will direct the first two episodes and executive produce. Bomer executive produces as well as stars, with Robbie Rogers also executive producing. Fremantle and Showtime will co-produce. The series will go into production in Toronto in July.
“As a thrilling and deeply moving exploration of American character and life in the second half of the last century, ‘Fellow Travellers’ sheds unprecedented light on stories that are as urgent today as ever,” said Jana Winograde, Co-President of Entertainment. for Showtime Networks. “The series plunges us directly into a Washington insider world plagued by national consequences, while bringing out deeply personal and often heartbreaking intimate moments. We are beyond thrilled to have Ron, Matt, Robbie and Daniel take us on this suspenseful and romantic journey.
In addition to directing the entirety of “Halston,” Minahan’s other credits include “Deadwood: The Movie” and “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” for which he directed several episodes. He also directed several episodes of “Game of Thrones”, “Homeland”, “Ray Donovan”, “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under”. He made his directorial debut with “Series 7: The Contenders” and co-wrote the screenplay for “I Shot Andy Warhol.”
Rogers is best known as the first openly gay male athlete to compete in one of North America’s top professional sports leagues, winning two MLS Cups and twice All-Star recognition. He represented the US Olympic team in Beijing in 2008 while making 18 appearances for the US men’s national team throughout his career. He produces “All American” at The CW and the spin-off “All American: Homecoming”. He is also producing the upcoming feature “My Policeman”, which is written by Nyswaner.