Brett Ratner cop drama to shoot in fall
NBC is resurrecting “Blue Blood,” the Brett Ratner-Neil Tolkin police drama that had been set up at Fox last year.
Peacock has greenlit production of a pilot for the project, with Ratner aboard to helm and exec produce via his Rat TV banner and 20th Century Fox TV. Lensing is set to begin in Gotham this fall.
Gina Matthews (“What Women Want”) and Grant Scharbo are exec producing via their Little Engine Prods. (formerly known as Roundtable). Tolkin wrote the pilot script and will exec produce.
Based on the bestselling 2004 autobiography by Gotham cop Ed Conlon, “Blue” is an ensemble hour about a rookie NYPD police officer. The twist: The newbie officer is a Harvard grad who decides to return to the family beat — law enforcement.
Fox made a put pilot commitment to “Blue Blood” more than a year ago, intending to shoot a pilot last spring (Daily Variety, July 21, 2006). But the project was never cast and didn’t move forward.
NBC’s new regime of Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg, however, apparently liked the concept and decided to snap it up. Getting Ratner aboard to direct was said to be key to their decision to greenlight it.
Weinberg said she and her NBC colleagues “love the world Neil Tolkin has created inside of this fantastic script” and said the net was pumped to have the script “visually realized” by Ratner.
Ratner told Daily Variety last year that Tolkin’s script did a good job of portraying the ups and downs of being a rookie.
“It’s got a tremendous amount of heart and humor and action, all the things I like to do,” he said.
Matthews co-created the WB’s cult drama “Popular,” and the duo exec produced “The Mountain” and “Jake 2.0.”