New show targeted for fall 2002 season

Scribe-helmer Jake Kasdan and Oscar winner Walon Green are teaming up to turn Kasdan’s 1998 private eye pic “Zero Effect” into an hourlong series for NBC.

Peacock is about to finalize a pilot commitment to the project, which will be jointly produced by Warner Bros. TV and Castle Rock Television and targeted for fall 2002. Kasdan and Green will pen the pilot script together, with Kasdan set to direct.

“Zero Effect” starred Bill Pullman as Daryl Zero, the reclusive, self-proclaimed “world’s greatest private detective.” Pic, which Kasdan wrote and directed, followed the Howard Hughes-like Zero as he teams with sidekick Steve Arlo (Ben Stiller) to solve a blackmail case.

Series is expected to explore the beginnings of the relationship between Zero and Arlo, showing how the two became a team. Like the pic, it’s expected to mix elements of comedy and drama.

While the offbeat film did little business, and garnered mixed reviews, pic has evolved into a cult hit via video rental and continued cable showings.

“Zero Effect” was Kasdan’s first major gig behind the lens. The son of director Lawrence Kasdan, he had appeared as an actor in the elder Kasdan’s “The Big Chill,” “Silverado” and “The Accidental Tourist.”

‘Geeks’ guy

Post-”Zero Effect,” Kasdan directed the pilot and several episodes of NBC’s “Freaks and Geeks.” He more recently reteamed with Judd Apatow of “Freaks” to direct the pilot to this fall’s Fox comedy “Undeclared.”

Kasdan also directed the upcoming MTV Films pic “Orange County.”

As for Green, he’s penned numerous features, including “Eraser,” “The Hi-Lo Country” and “Robocop 2.” He won the Oscar in 1971 for producing and directing the pseudo-documentary “The Hellstrom Chronicle.”

On the TV side, Green wrote and exec produced an FBI-themed drama pilot for Warner Bros. TV last season; a year before he adapted “L.A. Confidential” into a drama pilot for Fox.

Green has also been a writer and producer for “ER,” “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order.”

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