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Hanson, Josephson team for Fox drama

Project based on real-life experiences of author Reichs

Scribe Hart Hanson (“Judging Amy”) and producer Barry Josephson are digging deep with their latest project for Fox.

Duo are developing an untitled hourlong drama revolving around a female forensic anthropologist who solves crimes using evidence supplied by skeletal remains. Project, from 20th Century Fox TV, is based on the real-life experiences and bestselling works of novelist-forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.

Hanson and Josephson will both serve as exec producers, with Hanson creating and writing the pilot. Fox has attached a six-figure penalty to its script order of the project, which attracted interest from at least one other web.

Human bodies “can be reduced to virtual bone in as little as a year, and when that happens, standard pathology just doesn’t work,” Hanson said. “That’s when you call in a forensic anthropologist.”

Lead character, named Marjorie Miles, will have a team of experts to help her solve the mysteries of the bones, including a reconstructive artist and bug experts who can uncover clues about a case by analyzing the creatures surrounding a corpse.

As with Reichs, Miles also will be a writer, though that won’t be a key part of each episode. “It’ll be more of a pain-in-the-ass obstacle that she’s written this book,” which includes characters like the people she works with, Hanson said.

Josephson was introduced to the Reichs novels by her reps; project then ended up at 20th. Studio, which has optioned the rights to Reichs’ works, suggested Hanson.

In addition to serving as exec producer on “Judging Amy,” Hanson’s credits include “Cupid” and, this season, a producing role on “Joan of Arcadia.”

Josephson, whose most recent credits as a feature producer include “The Ladykillers” and “Like Mike,” is finishing up Robert De Niro starrer “Hide and Seek.” He’s also exec producer of the Sony syndie skein “Pat Croce: Moving In” and exec produced skeins “Maximum Bob” for ABC and “The Tick” for Fox.

Reichs has written more than a half-dozen novels featuring her forensic anthropologist heroine, Temperance Brennan, including “Monday Mourning,” published in June.

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