NBC’s out in the cold with Alaska-set Kouf kit

Project focuses on former homicide investigator

NBC will travel north — way north — in an hourlong script the Peacock has picked up from feature scribe Jim Kouf (“Rush Hour,” “Snow Dogs”).

Project, from Artisan Television, the Kaufman Co. and NBC Studios, revolves around the life of Jim McCann, a former Alaska State Trooper homicide investigator. The producers secured the rights to McCann’s stories about 25 years of cracking high-profile murder cases.

The untitled script will take place both in the city and the wilderness and be set against the backdrop of Alaska’s untamed environment.

NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker said he was attracted to the idea of a project set in the 49th state and written by a scribe of Kouf’s caliber.

“He’s a terrific writer with a great track record and a great idea,” Zucker said. “And (Alaska) is an untapped arena.”

Zucker said the script will contain humor, but in the quirky variety of “Northern Exposure,” primetime’s last Alaska-set drama.

Kouf, who’s repped by William Morris, is writing the upcoming feature “Taxi” and also wrote “Stakeout,” “Another Stakeout,” “Gang Related” and “Disorganized Crime.” Kouf’s TV credits include “Angel.”

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