Daugherty, Rosenberg sell murder mystery concept
NBC has purchased the high-concept pitch “Afterthought” from feature scribes Evan Daugherty (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Melissa Rosenberg (“The Twilight Saga”), who continues to branch into TV producing following her success with Showtime’s “Dexter.”Described as a closed-ended procedural in the vein of “CSI,” by way of the features “Inception” and “The Cell,” story follows an unconventional team within the FBI that uses the six-hour window between clinical death and cellular death to solve murders by entering the memories of the recently deceased. Rosenberg, who will make her nonwriting producing debut, will exec produce the project through her Tall Girls Prods. banner, while Daugherty will co-exec produce and write the pilot. Daugherty created the idea and brought it to Rosenberg, as the two share the same features agent at UTA, Tobin Babst. The Peacock-affiliated Universal Television will produce. “I’m delighted to be working with Bob Greenblatt again, having had such a great creative relationship on “Dexter,” said Rosenberg. “‘Afterthought’ is high concept — paired with a strong, complex female protagonist — and is precisely Tall Girls Prods.’ raison d’etre.” In addition to her work on “Dexter,” Rosenberg has credits on TV series including “The O.C.” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” She has written all five films in Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga,” which stars Kristen Stewart, who toplines Daugherty’s feature debut, “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Rosenberg is also writing “Highlander” for Summit and “Earthseed” for Paramount. Latter is the first feature set up at Tall Girls Prods. Daugherty broke into the business with his thriller script “Shrapnel,” which John McTiernan is attached to direct. Scribe is also adapting Veronica Roth’s young adult novel “Divergent” for Summit and Red Wagon Entertainment. Daugherty and Rosenberg are managed by FilmEngine and 3 Arts Entertainment, respectively.