CBS has made a deal with Tribeca Prods. to develop three pilots that will be executive produced by Tribeca partners Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal.
The deal gives Tribeca a guarantee that one of the three projects will be produced as a series pilot.
The first project, to be produced in partnership by Media Rights Capital, is an hourlong pilot that will be written by William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of “The Departed” who will make his first foray into TV with an untitled drama set in New York.
Monahan, who recently scripted “Body of Lies” and “Edge of Darkness,” is writing the pilot targeted for the Eye’s fall 2009 sked. Rosenthal wouldn’t reveal the subject matter.
“It’s right in his wheelhouse, though, and set squarely in New York,” Rosenthal told Daily Variety. “Bob and I are huge fans of his movies and the characters he writes. We wanted to stretch into television, and I worked at CBS and have a long friendship with Les Moonves. It felt like home.”
Tribeca continues to develop “Little Fockers” and “The Undomestic Goddess” for Universal Pictures, and “Frankie Machine” at Paramount, with Michael Mann attached to direct and De Niro to star.