Saturday, June 15, 2024

Julia Roberts, Once Queen of the Movie Box Office, Heads to TV with Amazon, HBO Series


Julia Roberts is throwing in the towel on movies.

Once the queen of the Big Screen and box office, Roberts is facing the same dilemma of a lot of actresses between ages 50 and 60. There are no roles.

So Roberts has made a deal with Amazon for a series with a two season commitment. “Homecoming” will be created by Sam Esmail of “Mr. Robot” fame.

Roberts also has a series in development at HBO.

Isabella Rossellini said in a recent interview that there is no work for actresses from age 45 to 60. They’re too young to be ingenues and not old enough to play grand dames. Roberts, who turns 50 in October, hasn’t had a hit movie in eons.

Roberts’ last feature film was the dud “Money Monster.” She had an Oscar nomination for “August: Osage County” four years ago. But her heyday of top-lining hits was in the ’90s and ended with “Erin Brockovich” in 2000. Commercials and real estate have kept her going.

“Homecoming” sounds promising. Esmail is the guy right now. Look forward to seeing what they put together.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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