PARIS– NBC has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to the first season of “Taxi Brooklyn,” the New York-set action/comedy skein produced by Europacorp Television, the TV arm of Luc Besson’s outfit.
The English-language show – which comprises 12 episodes — is based on Besson’s hit movie franchise “Taxi,” which grossed $126 million worldwide. It stars Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Jacky Ido (“Inglourious Basterds”), James Colby (“Person of Interest”), Jose Zuniga (“Body of Proof”), Jennifer Esposito (“Spin City”), Bill Heck (“Pan Am”), Ally Walker (“Profiler”), and Raul Casso (“Blue Bloods”).
Series is exec produced by Gary Scott Thompson (“Las Vegas”, “The Fast and The Furious”) who also served as showrunner.
Olivier Megaton (“Taken”), Frederic Berthe, Alain Tasma, David Morley and Gerard Krawczyk directed episodes of the series.
“We felt NBC was the perfect home for our show,” says Edouard De Vesinne, producer and co-topper of EuropaCorp Television. “I hope the American audience will fall in love with the duo formed by our fearless Cat and our charming Marseille born Leo. Cat and Leo argue and disagree on almost everything while pursuing criminal cases. The pilot gets off to a flying start and I hope the audience will feel at home with this dynamic and amusing team.”
Gary Scott Thompson said that “after over a hundred episodes of ‘Las Vegas’ on NBC, and ‘The Fast And Furious’ at Universal, it’s a happy home coming for me. I’m very pleased NBC recognized our show’s potential, and I look forward to working with them on ‘Taxi Brooklyn.’”
EuropaCorp will handle international sales and will shop the series at MipTV, which kicks off April 6.
France’s top commercial network, TF1, will bow the show in France on April 14.