ABC drama for McQuarrie

Scribe, Hoberman to serve as exec producers

Oscar-winning scribe Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”) and producer David Hoberman are teaming to create an hourlong drama series for ABC.

Alphabet net has greenlit the Touchstone Television-produced pilot, about a mysterious man with a shady past who sets out to find redemption by helping strangers. McQuarrie penned the hour and will serve as exec producer with Hoberman. Heather Neely is also attached as a producer.

McQuarrie describes the central character in the as-yet untitled project as “a bad guy trying to make an honest living.”

“He’s someone who was involved in something deeply shady, which he’s now trying to get away from,” McQuarrie added.

Hero often will help out fellow bad guys, getting them out of jams in exchange for a promise that they’ll do him a favor in the future.

Project has its roots in meetings McQuarrie and Hoberman had regarding a possible film project. The two then began discussing some ideas they had for a television show; Hoberman “pursued me consistently” about doing the skein, McQuarrie said.

Touchstone Television topper Steve McPherson said he’s glad McQuarrie finally agreed to the pilot.

“David and I have been pursuing Chris McQuarrie for years,” McPherson said. “He had a very clear and passionate vision of the show he wanted to do; it was just a question of finding the time. We’re thrilled that time has come.”

Hoberman called McQuarrie “a huge talent.”

“His coming to television will create a whole new voice for primetime.”

McQuarrie’s original screenplay for “The Usual Suspects” won an Oscar in 1996. Scribe also penned and directed the thriller “The Way of the Gun,” released earlier this year.

Hoberman’s most recent TV project was the Fox cop drama “Ryan Caulfield: Year One,” which he exec produced via his Mandeville Films production arm.

On the film side, his production credits include “The Other Sister,” “The Negotiator” and “George of the Jungle.”

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