ABC Buys Drama from ‘Taken’ Scribe & Aaron Kaplan (EXCLUSIVE)

ABC Crush Aaron Kaplan
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“Taken” writer Robert Kamen is teaming up with mega-producer Aaron Kaplan for an ABC drama, titled “Crush,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The potential series revolves around a women who, after her hedge fund crashes, inherits a vineyard in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains near a town populated with eccentric people.

Kamen will serve as writer and exec producer on the project and Kaplan will exec produce.

Kamen co-wrote all three films in the Liam Neeson “Taken” franchise, and famously penned the ’80s flick “The Karate Kid,” plus all of its feature follow-ups and the animated series adaptation. Long before “Taken,” Kamen first teamed up with Luc Besson, co-writing the 1997 Bruce Willis cult favorite “The Fifth Element.” The duo also wrote the three “Transporter” movies, starring Jason Statham.

For Kaplan, “Crush” marks one of many projects in the works this development cycle, joining a slew of other potential series at ABC via his Kapital Entertainment shingle. Currently behind “The Mysteries of Laura” on NBC and fall family sitcom “Life in Pieces” on CBS, among Kaplan’s development projects are a comic book drama at NBC, starring “Harry Potter’s” Rupert Grint; a CBS comedy with Liz Feldman, titled “Hello Again;” a fashion dramedy at ABC; “House of Moore,” with Felicity Huffman attached; and “Monstropolis,” also at ABC. Coming up, Kaplan will serve as an exec producer on Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Divorce” at HBO and ABC Family’s Nicki Minaj comedy series.

For ABC, the network has strong ties with Kaplan who exec produced their alien comedy “The Neighbors” and is an EP on “Secrets and Lies,” which was renewed for Season 2.

Kamen is repped by Paradigm.

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