Emperor of Ocean Park pauses production

Emperor of Ocean Park June 20 start date is likely delayed as they have elected to take a pause while monitoring the progress of the WGA strike negotiations.

They will be working with minimal staff until the strike is resolved, as it has been made clear by the WGA that any film production will be met with picket lines.

Emperor of Ocean Park is a scripted series written by Sherman Payne (writer and producer of Shameless.) Payne will co-produce with John Wells Productions and Warner Brothers. Damian Marcano is attached to direct. Our sources say that Llewelyn Wells, brother of John Wells, is producing. Christina Varotsis will co-produce.

Their production offices are set up at Chicago Studio City where they have been constructing sets for the last month. The MGM+ 10-episode suspense thriller was expected to film in Chicago through October.

Emperor of Ocean Park is a suspenseful take on Stephen L Carter’s best-selling novel. Set in the worlds of D.C. politics, Ivy League academia, and the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, the series centers on Talcott Garland’s quiet life as an Ivy League law professor whose world is shattered when his father, Judge Oliver Garland, dies of an apparent heart attack. The nature of the judge’s death is questioned by Tal’s sister, Mariah, a former journalist and constant conspiracy theorist, who believes that the judge, a former failed Black nominee to the Supreme Court, met with foul play.

“Emperor of Ocean Park is much more than a murder mystery,” MGM+ head Michael Wright said in a statement. “While it is an engrossing whodunit in its own right, it also explores important themes of middle-and-upper-class Black identity, making it an outstanding addition to MGM+’s slate of engaging and thought-provoking original series.”

Production is expected to resume when the strike is settled.


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