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Scott was working on several film, TV projects

'Narco Sub,' 'Top Gun' topped list for helmer-producer before death

As the co-head of Scott Free Prods., Tony Scott was among Hollywood’s busiest producers and helmers with a slew of film and TV projects in various stages of development and production.

The shock of Scott’s suicide on Sunday spurred the shutdown of production in London on brother Ridley Scott’s feature “The Counselor,” starring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. Production is expected to be dark for at least the rest of this week on the pic, to be distribbed by 20th Century Fox, where Scott Free has a first-look feature pact.

As a director, Scott had been developing a handful of projects including “Narco Sub” and “Lucky Strike” both at Fox and remakes of “The Wild Bunch” and “Warriors.” He had also been shepherding a sequel to the blockbuster that put him on the map as a helmer, “Top Gun,” at Paramount with Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer. Scribe Peter Craig has been at work on a draft of the long-awaited follow up pic.

Scott was also an exec producer on Fox Searchlight’s “Stoker” which will bow March 1, and he served as a producer on Relativity’s “Out of the Furnace,” which is currently in post-production.

He last helmed Fox’s “Unstoppable” in 2010 starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine and grossed more than $165 million at the worldwide B.O.

Scott Free in the past dozen years has made a big push into TV production, with everything from series to big-budget longform projects to cable docus. Scott was an exec producer on the CBS’ “The Good Wife,” the Eye’s most acclaimed drama series in years. “Good Wife” creators-exec producers Robert and Michelle King expressed “shock” at Scott’s death and noted in a statement that “his work has always inspired us.”

Scott Free is also behind the miniseries redo of “Coma,” bowing Sept. 3 on A&E Network. Among a slew of other TV project, the company is working on a narrative telepic for National Geographic Channel, “Killing Lincoln,” about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, with Billy Campbell set to star.

Scott Free’s recent TV productions include the HBO telepic “Into the Storm,” a follow up to its Emmy-winning 2002 made-for “The Gathering Storm”; CBS drama series “Numbers” (for which he also directed a seg); History special “Gettysburg”; Starz miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth”; and the Science Channel docu series “Prophets of Science Fiction.”

Scott Free has been aggressive in developing projects financed through international pre-sales, reflecting the brothers’ U.K. roots.

In a statement, CBS called Scott “an accomplished creative and passionate producer and director” and “a longtime friend of CBS.”

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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