Showtime warms to multitasking hooker

Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:18am EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Showtime is developing a drama about a woman who works as a vice cop in Los Angeles during the week and as a legal prostitute in Nevada during the weekend.

"Hilary Jones" comes from filmmaker Rod Lurie, who is known for creating strong female characters with the feature "The Contender" and the ABC series "Commander in Chief."

"I hope it doesn't obliterate my credentials with women," said Lurie, who is writing the script and would direct the pilot if Showtime picks it up. "I imagine feminists will have us in their cross hairs, but once they see it, they will realize it is very warm and humanizing."

Lurie took the project straight to Showtime because of "Weeds," the network's dark comedy starring Mary-Louise Parker as a widowed mom who deals pot on the side.

"She is so likable, and that's what I want to accomplish with ('Hilary')," said Lurie.

The former film critic most recently wrote and directed the upcoming indie thriller "Nothing but the Truth," starring Kate Beckinsale and David Schwimmer.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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