Network planning drama based on upcoming novel

CBS is developing a drama based on author James Patterson’s upcoming novel “Private.”

Twentieth Century Fox TV and Imagine TV are behind the project, which has received a script plus penalty commitment from the Eye.

Jason Cahill (“Fringe”) is on board to write the adaptation, which is expected to be delivered to the network in the coming days.

“Private” centers on ex-Marine and former CIA agent Jack Morgan, who takes over his father’s detective and security business.

Patterson co-wrote “Private” with Maxine Paetro; book is currently scheduled to be released on June 28.

Cahill will exec produce the project, along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and David Nevins. Patterson would also get a credit.

Patterson’s “Women’s Murder Club” book series was turned into a short-lived ABC drama, while his novels “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas” and “First to Die” were adapted as TV movies. His books “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider” were adapted as features.

Cahill’s other credits include “The Sopranos,” “NYPD Blue” and “ER.”

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