Crime Drama From ‘Star Trek’ Producers, Justin Lin Lands Put Pilot Commitment at CBS

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CBS is developing the TV adaptation of the 2016 book, “A Burglar’s Guide to the City,” Variety has learned.

The drama, which landed a put pilot commitment, hails from writer Paul Grellong (“Scorpion,” “Revolution”) and exec producers Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Danielle Woodrow, and Justin Lin, who is attached to direct the pilot.

“A Burglar’s Guide to the City” follows a team of modern-day Robin Hoods, led by a brilliant architect with a troubled past, that uses their unique skills to gain access to any stronghold in order to steal from rich criminals and give to those that have been wronged by a corrupt system.

The potential series is based on Geoff Manaugh’s non-fiction book. Manaugh, repped by Manage-ment and Marc Van Arx, will serve as a consulting producer on the TV project. Nate Miller and Dan Halsted of Manage-ment are also producing, along with Aaron Baiers of Secret Hideout.

Many of the creatives on the project have ties to CBS. Grellong is a writer/co-executive producer on the network’s “Scorpion.” Kurtzman is an exec producer on “Scorpion,” plus the network’s “Hawaii Five-0” and “Limitless,” which aired last season. He’s a producer on the “Star Trek” films and will exec produce CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” series, along with Kadin, who’s also an EP on “Scorpion” and “Limitless.” Lin, who directed “Star Trek Beyond” and the “Fast & Furious” flicks, helmed the pilot for “Scorpion.”

CBS Television Studios is producing “A Burglar’s Guide to the City.”

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  1. ywonne says:

    A show about a bunch of white straight McDaltongarrets again? No, thanks.
    I’ll watch only if a lead is going to look and act like, say, Amy Acker and have more than 2 women in the cast.

    • stanley says:

      i watched the new macgyver the other day and acker’s character seemed like an actual lead of the show. she literally outacted and outshined the whole cast. this lady can totally pull off playing ‘a brilliant architect with a troubled past’. unfortunately cbs are too sexist to give such part to a woman and everyone knows it

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