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Bruckheimer prepping TV projects

Producer developing thriller for ABC, miniseries for NBC

Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of “Armageddon” and “The Rock,” is developing an ABC medical mystery thriller with author Robin Cook and a four-hour Western miniseries at NBC.

ABC’s order of a medico script is for a two-hour midseason back-door pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer Prods. The drama is the brainchild of Cook (“Coma,” “Vital Signs,” “Mortal Fear”) and Johnathan Littman, senior VP of television at Bruckheimer Prods.

It’s based on two recurring characters — both New York City medical examiners — from Cook’s novels “Blind Sight,” “Vector” and, his latest, “Contagion.”

Pilot is being scripted by young feature writer Mark Bomback (“Balance of Power”) and co-created with Cook, who’s had several of his books turned into movies. Bruckheimer will serve as exec producer.

Bruckheimer’s company expects to deliver a script to ABC by May.

The miniseries for NBC is a Western with an “Eastern” edge to it. Set in turn-of-the-century America, story follows three New York City cops who hook up with three outlaws to bring down an exiled mobster-turned-evil-sheriff in a town in New Mexico who then escapes back to N.Y.

“For us to do a Western, we really wanted to take the genre and knock it up a little bit,” said Littman.

Littman’s brother, Jeremy Littman (“Law and Order”), is writing the script and Jerry Bruckheimer will exec produce. The company plans to return the revised draft of the script to NBC at the end of April and expects to begin shooting this summer.

Should the medical mystery pilot result in a television series for ABC, it will be Jerry Bruckheimer Prods.’ second network television series. The company produced the series “Dangerous Minds” in 96-97 season for ABC. It also produced the syndicated series “Soldiers of Fortune.”

Bomback’s deal was negotiated by Adam Shulman and Lee Dinstman at APA.

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