Net launches drama with Grazer, Imagine
Fox is prepping for another major space mission with Brian Grazer and Imagine Television.Net has made a pilot commitment to an untitled space-themed drama from scribe David Self (“The Road to Perdition”). Grazer and Imagine TV prexy David Nevins will exec produce with Self via Imagine’s overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV. Deal comes in the wake of Fox’s summer greenlight for Imagine-produced reality skein “X Quest,” in which contestants will embark on a high-tech simulation of a spaceflight(Daily Variety, July 28). Nevins said the Self project, set in the present day at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “posits the beginning of a new Apollo or Manhattan project. There’s a global crisis that propels the beginning of the next space push. “Ultimately, it’s going to be a smart ensemble drama about scientists who must become action heroes,” he added. Unlike the sci-fi themed “X Quest,” the Self drama will be “very realistic and based on real science,” Nevins said. “A lot of the action will be taking place on Earth as we deal with the transformation of JPL as it becomes the nexus of this new mission,” Nevins said. Imagine and NBC Universal Television Studio also are teaming to produce a series version of the Grazer-produced feature “Friday Night Lights” (Daily Variety, Sept. 20). Grazer is on board to exec produce the pilot. Imagine, which snagged 22 Emmy noms this year, just picked up another statuette for laffer “Arrested Development.” In addition to penning Tom Hanks starrer “Road to Perdition,” UTA-repped Self wrote the Cuban missile crisis pic “Thirteen Days” and did an uncredited rewrite on “The Bourne Identity.”
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