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ABC eyes crime book series

'House' exec producer behind 'Spellman Files'

“House” exec producer Greg Yaitanes is aiming to turn the book series “The Spellman Files” into a crime drama for ABC.

Yaitanes, who won an Emmy in 2008 for directing on “House,” would helm the project, should it go to pilot. Also on board is newbie scribe Katie Lovejoy, who will write the adaptation and serve as a supervising producer.

“The Spellman Files” author Lisa Lutz is also involved in a consulting role.

Story centers on 28-year-old Isabel Spellman, who comes from an eccentric family of private investigators. The show will center on cases, as handled through the complicated Spellman family dynamic.

“The Spellman Files” was previously in development as a feature at Paramount Pictures, with Laura Ziskin producing and Barry Sonnenfeld directing.

In the case of the TV project, Yaitanes previously worked with Lutz on the 2002 feature “Plan B,” which he directed and she helped write. At the time, Lutz told Yaitanes about the idea for the book series.

“The Spellman Files,” published in 2007, led to the sequels “Curse of the Spellmans,” “Revenge of the Spellmans,” “The Spellmans Strike Again” and “The Spellmans Worldwide.”

Yaitanes said Lovejoy was tapped to come on board after coming up with “a phenomenal take on the books.”

“I felt she could capture the voice of Isabel Spellman,” Yaitanes said. “And she promised Lisa a faithful adaptation of the books. We wanted to keep the integrity of that.”

A recent USC graduate, Lovejoy won the Humanitas Prize’s student drama fellowship award thanks to a spec script of “House” that she wrote. She’s also working on the Disney feature “Prom.”

Yaitanes’ other credits include “Damages,” “Lost,” “Prison Break,” “Heroes” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

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