Cirulnick sets skeins at Fox, FX, Sci Fi
Feature scribe Matthew Ian Cirulnick has lined up a trio of TV projects at three networks, including collaborations with Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) and David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”).
Cirulnick and Berg are teaming on an untitled Fox cop show that will blend elements of “Miami Vice” and “The Shield.” Script, penned by Cirulnick, revolves around a hotshot cop who’s paired with an older partner with a secret agenda.
Berg and Sarah Aubrey, via their Film 44 banner, will exec produce with Cirulnick. The project is set up at 20th Century Fox Television.
“It’s two cops doing their thing, like ‘Streets of San Francisco,’ ‘Starsky & Hutch’ or ‘Miami Vice,’ ” Cirulnick said. “But I didn’t want it to just be cloning something that’s cycled out, so I had to figure out how to make it a little more complicated.”
The solution: While the older cop appears to be crooked, he’s actually investigating his younger, ethically challenged partner.
Meanwhile, Cirulnick has partnered with Eick to develop a six-hour miniseries for Sci Fi. Project imagines a future in which humans face the certainty of extinction.
“It was born out of a lot of conversations I had with friends about how we’ve gone from Beethoven and Miles Davis to Britney Spears and K-Fed,” Cirulnick said. “We kept talking about what it would take to correct society’s obviously screwed-up moral compass.”
Rather than focus on scientists scrambling to save the planet — a la “The Day After Tomorrow” –Cirulnick said he and Eick want to focus on “humanity’s reaction to this event.”
On the series front, Endeavor-repped Cirulnick has also set up a script at FX that will follow a cult that sprouts up around a self-help guru.
“It’s about somebody who tries to help other people get control of their lives, yet he’s increasingly losing control of his own life,” he said.
As for features, Cirulnick is working with McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision on “Elysium,” set up at Regency. His other screenplay credits include “Vandal” and “Devil May Cry.”
Cirulnick partnered with Jennifer Lopez for the UPN sudser “South Beach,” which he created and exec produced.