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Fox walks ‘Tightrope’ with 20th TV, Chernin

Project hails from 'Fight Club' scribe; ABC nabs 2 more

Fox has nabbed a drama project from “Fight Club” scribe Jim Uhls and 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment.

“Tightrope” is about an FBI agent who is exceptionally skilled at finding, turning, and using criminal informants, rendering them totally trusting and trustworthy. But it’s a process that comes with a cost: the blurring of the boundaries of morality.

Uhls is also on board as executive producer along with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.

Chernin and 20th have stayed busy with Fox since parking “Terra Nova,” “New Girl” and “Allen Gregory” on the broadcaster’s fall schedule (and midseason drama “Touch”). The studio and company have already set up a script for an animated comedy from Demetri Martin as well.

In other development news, Sony Pictures Television and Adam Sandler shingle Happy Madison have sold a single-camera comedy script to ABC.

The story, set in the year 2016, is about a guy who thinks his life is perfect until he’s struck by lightning, which takes him back to the year 2011. As he tries to escape from 2011, the reasons he was meant to relive his past start to become clear.

Script was written by Daniel Sweren-Becker, who will executive produce along with Doug Robinson (“Rules of Engagement”) and Steve Carr (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”).

In another Sony-ABC transaction, Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) and Karl Gajdusek (“Trespass”) have set up a drama script with a penalty attached for “The Last Resort,” which follows a rogue submarine crew who go on the run after defying an order to deploy their nuclear weapons. Marney Hochman Nash also executive produces.

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