McG, McNamara to co-produce cop drama for WBTV
Fox has ordered an hourlong put pilot with a side order of action/adventure from helmer McG (“Charlie’s Angels”) and TV vet John McNamara.
McG and McNamara will executive produce the McProject, tentatively titled “Fast Lane,” for Warner Bros. Television. The multi-ethnic drama revolves around two undercover cops who investigate confidential cases. Concept has been described as a modern-day cross between “Starsky and Hutch” and “Miami Vice,” and is set in Los Angeles.
Dan Rappaport of 3 Arts and Stephanie Savage, McG’s producing partner, are also attached to “Fast Lane.”
“We’re going to try to maximize the intelligence, take every aspect of what makes a great TV show and crank it to 11,” McG said. “This is the antithesis of what’s on the air right now, a lot of color, a lot of energy. We want to reintroduce some of the fun that’s been absent on TV for a long time.”
It’s the first full-length dabble in television for McG — real name Joseph McGinty Mitchell — who made his name in musicvideos before directing “Charlie’s Angels,” which grossed $125 million in the U.S. alone and wound up as one of the top 10 debuts in film history.
McG and McNamara were paired by Endeavor, which reps both players. McNamara previously served as exec producer on CBS’ 2000 revival of “The Fugitive.” McNamara’s other credits include “Vengeance Unlimited,” “Profit” and “Adventures of Brisco County Jr.”
“I’m so excited to be doing a great classic cop show,” McNamara said. “I love my job. When I met McG I said, gee, another idiot who walked into a career and loves it.”