HOLLYWOOD — NBC has greenlit the earthquake-themed four-hour miniseries “10.5” for next season.
Project, to be helmed by John Lafia (“The Dead Zone”), revolves around a female seismologist who warns of a serious global catastrophe when a series of earthquakes increase in magnitude. Jaffe-Braunstein Films and Pearl Pictures are behind “10.5.”
Lafia wrote the script alongside Christopher Canaan (“Walker, Texas Ranger”) and Ronnie Christensen (“Monster!”), while Gary Pearl will exec produce.
Jaffe-Braunstein principals Howard Braunstein and Michael Jaffe are co-exec producers.
Jeff Gaspin, NBC’s exec VP of alternative series, longform and program strategy, said he hopes “10.5” harbors the same kind of urgency as Fox’s “24.”
“It sort of harkens back to those Irwin Allen disaster movies of the 1970s,” Gaspin said. “It’s supposed to be a roller coaster ride much like ‘Deep Impact’ and ‘Armageddon.’
“It’s a fun script,” Gaspin said. “There are a lot of special effects. Quite a lot of West Coast icons get destroyed.”
Producers expect to start production this June in Vancouver.