'24' alum working on hour-long CIA series
Howard Gordon, exec producer of “24,” may have found his new Jack Bauer.
Gordon teamed with Jonathan Levin and scribe Mark Bomback to develop “Legends,” a drama set up at NBC.
Hourlong show centers on a CIA operative who has a knack for creating false identities (“legends” in agency speak). But while on those missions, he begins to wonder whether his own identity is fiction as well.
Twentieth Century Fox TV is the studio. Bomback will write and exec produce, while Levin and Gordon are also exec producers on the project, based on a book by Robert Littell.
There probably aren’t enough hours in a day for Gordon, who has been on a tear in recent weeks, with three projects now in various stages of development. Showtime is close to picking up the pilot “Homeland,” from Gordon and Alex Gansa, who are adapting the Israeli TV series “Prisoners of War.” And Gordon has paired with “Glee’s” Ryan Murphy to develop a drama through 20th. That show has been set up at Fox.
Bomback hails from the feature world, where his credits include “Live Free or Die Hard” and “Race to Witch Mountain.” Levin’s credits include “The Ex-List.”