Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Mar 19, 2014

Netflix about to start new series starring the Keys

Kyle Chandler stars in the psychological thriller.
 A new television series with no name but a star-studded cast might begin shooting this week in the Florida Keys.

The 13-episode drama commissioned by Netflix stars Kyle Chandler, an Emmy-winner for "Friday Night Lights," and Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek. Shooting in the Islamorada area and throughout the rest of the Keys is expected to run through September.

"It's a series where everything takes place in the Keys so we expect it to be predominantly shot in the Keys," said Rita Troxel, director of the Florida Keys & Key West Film Commission. "The Keys will be like another character, appearing as themselves."

The last dramatic series to regularly film in South Florida was "Burn Notice," which ended last year. MTV filmed a year of "The Real World" in 2005-06 in Key West and Key Haven. The comedy-drama "Key West" ran during the 1993 TV season.

According to multiple accounts from the entertainment press, Netflix's "psychological thriller" centers on an island family "whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black-sheep oldest brother returns home."

Spacek plays the Rayburn family matriarch, with Chandler as the stable middle brother.

Norbert Leo Butz, a two-time Tony winner for Broadway's lead actor, appears as a boatyard owner who considers himself the waterfront community's unofficial mayor.

Ben Mendelsohn ("The Dark Knight Rises") has been cast as wayward brother Danny, with Linda Cardellini ("Mad Men") as a sister.

Until a name is finalized, the Keys series is being called the "Untitled KZK Project" for creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. That trio was behind the FX Network's legal drama "Damages" starring Glenn Close.

Netflix, now best known as an online service that provides streaming video to subscribers, has increased its original programming that includes the award-winning "House of Cards" series with Kevin Spacey.

The Keys series is being produced by Sony Pictures TV.

Chandler is a popular film actor who has appeared in three recent movies that were nominated for the best-picture Oscar: winner "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

In addition to his Emmy-winning turn as Coach Taylor in television's "Friday Night Lights," he starred in 90 episodes of the fantasy drama "Early Edition" from 1990 to 2000.

Spacek has a long resume of success, including the original "Carrie" and her Oscar-winning role as Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter."

At today's meeting of the Monroe County Commission at the Marathon Government Center, Troxel will introduce series location manager Maria Chavez, an industry veteran of numerous films and shows in South Florida.

Chavez is scheduled to present "a synopsis of the show, the writers, the cast and what to expect for the next seven months" of filming.

The series is expected to include a total cast and crew of around 75 people who work in the Keys and Homestead, where the production office is based.

"That number will go up and down," Troxel said, "but certainly there will be money spent in the Keys on catering, construction and all the other people they need here."

Filming on roads and bridges could include occasional traffic delays but all will require permits and advance notice, Troxel said.

The series' enticing locales also may spawn tourism, she said. "We could not buy this kind of amazing publicity," Troxel said. "It's the Keys represented as the Keys. It will be great for us."

No premiere date was available.

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