Howard Franklin penning drama about family trying to leave cult

Dick Wolf has teamed with feature scribe Howard Franklin to develop a drama for NBC revolving around a man trying to leave a cult.

Wolf Films/Universal TV project dubbed “The Church” chronicles the struggles of a family who is part of a seemingly innocuous and upstanding organization that they come to realize is a controlling cult.

Franklin, known for such pics as “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “The Name of the Rose,” is penning the script and will exec produce with Wolf and Wolf Films’ Peter Jankowski and Danielle Gelber.

“Church” is coming together at NBC as Wolf Films revs up development after inking a lucrative overall deal renewal with Universal TV that guarantees him at least one pilot commitment from NBC per year. Wolf Films is already at work on another pilot prospect for NBC, “Injustice,” based on a British format. And it is shepherding an untitled drama for USA Network and a reality skein for TNT (“Cold Justice”).

“Chicago Fire,” Wolf’s first non-“Law & Order” series for NBC in years, bowed to respectable numbers on Wednesday.

Wolf and Franklin are repped by WME. Franklin’s also with Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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