Scribe Rockne O'Bannon's project began at WB in '06

The CW has picked up the pilot “Cult” from writer Rockne O’Bannon.

Logline for the project: After a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, an inquisitive, young female production assistant on a wildly popular television show called “Cult” joins a journalist blogger in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program, in real life.

The show was originally developed at the WB for the 2006-2007 and later again at the CW for the 2009-2010 season.

From Warner Bros. Television and Fake Empire, the CW’s “Cult” will be exec produced by O’Bannon, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein.

O’Bannon, who was the creator of “Fascape,” most recently penned an episode of ABC’s sci-fi drama “V.”

If the pilot is to be picked up to series, there is the possibility CW would only order 13 episodes rather than the traditional 22. Fox tried that strategy last fall, but that was mostly because of the in-depth special effects work needed for the series that shoots in Australia.

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