Fox nabs oater from 20th, K/O Paper Products

Project from scribe John Hlavin is retelling of Wyatt Earp story

In the latest example of TV’s rekindled love affair with Westerns, Fox has acquired a smallscreen drama project telling the story of Wyatt Earp, with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci among the exec producers.

John Hlavin (“The Shield”) has written and will exec produce the untitled drama, which had been set up at Twentieth Century Fox TV, with Kurtzman and Orci then coming on board through their 20th TV-based K/O Paper Products shingle. K/O’s Heather Kadin will also exec produce.

The project aims to tell Earp’s origin story with attention to both legendary and relatively unknown aspects of the tale, including Earp and his brothers’ efforts to rein in the wild frontier.

Hlavin wrote feature film “Underworld Awakening” and also has Western “The Gunslinger” in development at Warner Bros.

Kurtzman and Orci co-created Fox’s “Fringe” and exec produce CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” among numerous projects. They also co-wrote the screenplay for summer feature release “Cowboys and Aliens.”

Separately, ABC on Thursday gave a script commitment to a drama from scribe Barry Schindel dubbed “Turner Loose.”

ABC Studios project tells the story of a disgraced Wall Street banker-turned-jailhouse lawyer who finds himself not only solving the legal problems of his fellow convicts but working for the prosecutor who put him behind bars.

Schindel has a long line of TV credits, particularly in the legal arena, including “Law and Order” and “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.” With ABC, he most recently was an exec producer on “Castle.”