Peacock hopes to get a jump on pilot season, greenlighting a 1970s-era copshow from scribe Rand Ravich (“The Astronaut’s Wife”).
Untitled project is based on famed New York cop Sonny Grosso, whose role in one of the nation’s biggest-ever drug busts (along with partner Eddie Egan) was recounted in the feature “The French Connection.”
NBC Universal will produce the project, which is cast-contingent.
Retro drama will take a serious look at the lives of these ’70s-era “supercops.” The actual “French Connection” events will unfold over the show’s initial 13 episodes.
Ravich will write and exec produce, while Grosso and Larry Jacobson (through their Grosso-Jacobson Communications banner) will also exec produce.
By picking up the project now, NBC will give producers a chance at getting an early start on casting and other matters.
“This script was one of the first to come in, and it was terrific,” NBC Entertainment exec VP Ghen Maynard. “We decided to go ahead and pick it up now.”
In the years after leaving the force and his “French Connection” past, Grosso became a successful TV producer, teaming with Jacobson on series such as “Top Cops” and “Night Heat” as well as a hefty TV movie library.
Beyond writing and directing “The Astronaut’s Wife,” Ravich’s other credits include exec producing the film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.”