CBS is getting back into business with Jerry Bruckheimer, inking a blind put pilot deal with the mega-producer behind the Eye’s monster hit “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Warner Bros. TV-based Bruckheimer Films will develop three scripts for CBS — at least one of which is guaranteed to be turned into a pilot, most likely for the 2002-03 season. Eye will fund development for all three scripts, two of which are already in the works under Bruckheimer TV production prexy Jonathan Littman.
“We have had great success with CBS. We like being there,” Bruckheimer told Daily Variety. “It’s been a great working relationship.”
In addition to “CSI,” which is produced by Bruckheimer in association with CBS Prods. and Alliance Atlantis, Bruckheimer Films also produces Eye reality skein “The Amazing Race.” Latter is a co-production with Touchstone Television and CBS Prods.
CBS has already approved two concepts under its deal with Bruckheimer: The Hawaii-based crime actioner “Diamondhead” and the missing persons drama “Vanished.” Former project is being written by thesp-scribe Billy Devlin.
Littman said he’s also hoping his unit will move into the half-hour arena during the upcoming development season.
“It’s an area we think has a lot of potential for us,” he said.
Last summer, Bruckheimer moved his TV shingle from Touchstone to Warner Bros., inking a two-year overall deal with WBTV.
Before “CSI” broke out of the box, Bruckheimer produced the ABC series version of his film “Dangerous Minds,” which received strong reviews but wasn’t renewed after its freshman 1996-97 season. He also launched the firstrun syndie action hour “Soldiers of Fortune Inc.” with Rysher Entertainment.