Magellan setting course for reality car-theft skein

L.A. County top cop to host show

Anthony Romano and Michel Shane’s Magellan Filmed Entertainment (“Catch Me If You Can”) has pacted with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. to adapt the city’s auto-theft task force as a reality-based half-hour TV program.

The show, like the sheriff’s program, will be called Trap, an acronym for Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention. Concept is similar to a real-life version of summer’s Jerry Bruckheimer success “Gone in 60 Seconds.”

Although orchestrated by Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, Trap involves the FBI, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the Los Angeles Police Dept. and the California Highway Patrol in an effort to apprehend the criminals responsible for stealing some 89,000 vehicles in Los Angeles County every year.

Baca will act as a host of the program, which will shoot Trap’s sting operations and its efforts to infiltrate the gangs responsible for the auto thefts. In addition to street gangs, these include Mexican, Russian and Nigerian organized crime rings.

Magellan recently completed the drama “Rennie’s Landing,” starring Peter Facinelli and Ethan Embry. It also is producing “Catch Me If You Can” for DreamWorks, which is expected to be Leonardo DiCaprio’s next project after “Gangs of New York.”

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