Hourlong skein follows death row bust-out
Feature scribe Paul Scheuring (“A Man Apart”) is orchestrating a prison break for Fox.
Scribe has teamed with Neal Moritz and Marty Adelstein’s 20th Century Fox TV-based Original to write and develop an hourlong drama that will follow a man’s attempt to break his older brother — a wrongly convicted man on death row — out of prison. Events of three weeks will unfold sequentially over the course of a full season, somewhat like Fox’s “24,” with the break taking place at the end of the season.
Idea, which Scheuring said tonally has more in common with “The Shawshank Redemption” than “Oz,” was first developed by Original’s Dawn Parouse, who will serve as exec producer on the project along with Adelstein and Moritz. Scheuring had a blind script commitment from Original and later came on board to develop and write the hour, which has been given a script commitment by the net.
In addition to scenes inside the prison, skein will also focus on an external conspiracy that’s committed to seeing the execution take place.
“Layers of the onion will be peeled back throughout the season,” Scheuring said, explaining the show will have a hopeful tone to balance out the suspense and thrills that come with a race to spring someone out from prison.
“We’ll know there’s a deadline, but these will be stories of hope and escape so that people are rooting (for the condemned man) to get out,” said the Endeavor-repped scribe.
Fox exec VP Craig Erwich said the writers had a “really good take on how to take a sprawling maze of characters and show how their lives intersect at a given location.”
“It’s a great way to do a soap opera,” Erwich added.
In addition to co-writing “A Man Apart” with Christian Gudegast, Scheuring and Gudegast co-wrote the upcoming features “Skeleton Coast” for Icon, “Black Flag” for Warner Bros. and “Mexicali” with MGM.