'Eddie' gang reunites for detective skein
The team behind this summer’s “Keen Eddie” — scribe Joel Wyman, helmer Simon West, producer Warren Littlefield and thesp Mark Valley — have reunited for an hourlong gumshoe project set up at ABC via Paramount Network TV.
ABC has made a pilot commitment to the project. Dubbed “Joe Green and Eugene,” potential skein will feature Valley as a Los Angeles private dick whose life is “encumbered by the arrival of his inept brother from Philadelphia,” Wyman said. “It’s ‘Keen Eddie’ on steroids.”
Wyman (“The Mexican”) will write the pilot, with West (“Lara Croft Tomb Raider”) on board to direct. Duo will exec produce with Littlefield, with West’s production partner Jib Polhemus also on board.
While “Keen Eddie” drew mostly positive critical notices, London-based cop drama didn’t last long as part of Fox’s summer sked. Nonetheless, the parties involved in the production were eager to team up again.
“It was too good of an experience not to do it again,” Littlefield told Daily Variety. “We had a wonderful time and are proud of what we accomplished with ‘Keen Eddie,’ and what resonated most was how much fun we had. So here we go again one more time –without the accents.”
West agreed: “It would be a crime not to do another project with the team that brought the world ‘Keen Eddie.’ ”
Wyman said finding a new way to work with ICM-repped Valley was one of the driving forces behind the deal.
Even though “Keen” didn’t stick, “People were ready to see Mark in that detective role,” Wyman said.
As for “Keen,” project will get a new life next year. Wyman said he’s hoping for a DVD release of all 13 episodes filmed, while cabler Bravo plans to air the show this winter.
West and Wyman both have other TV projects in the hopper for fall 2004.
Wyman’s teamed with Littlefield for “Repo Cohen” at NBC (Daily Variety, Aug. 12). West is partnered with Sarah Thorp on a school-based drama at the WB (Daily Variety, Sept. 19).