'George' to focus on lawyer righting wrongs
Jerry Bruckheimer is getting into the sitcom biz, teaming with Oscar-nominated “Shrek” scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio to mount a half-hour laffer for CBS.Eye has made a seven-figure pilot commitment to the Warner Bros. TV project, which isn’t surprising given the talent involved and the feisty bidding by at least one other web. Elliott and Rossio will pen the pilot script and serve as exec producers, along with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. Tentatively titled “Furious George,” multicamera comedy will focus on a lawyer who’s out to right the petty wrongs of the world. The workplace ensembler is set in the world of a law firm that specializes in personal injury. While Bruckheimer has blended comedy and action in his films, producer’s successful foray into television has been powered by hourlong dramas (“CSI,” “Without a Trace”) and reality skeins (“The Amazing Race”). “George” marks Bruckheimer’s first serious stab at a sitcom. Bruckheimer already knows Elliott and Rossio well: Scribe duo penned the upcoming feature “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which Bruckheimer is producing for Disney. Elliott and Rossio’s other feature credits include 1998’s “The Mask of Zorro” and “Small Soldiers.” Project was packaged by CAA, which reps Bruckheimer, Elliott and Rossio.