Fox has given a pilot order to a spy drama from scribe Josh Friedman and 20th Century Fox TV.

”The Asset” is described as a sophisticated espionager revolving around a femme spy.

Project already had a sizable commitment from the network when it was set up last summer (Daily Variety, Aug. 18).

Friedman has been a regular at Fox in recent years. He steered the net’s sci-fi drama ”Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and served as a consulting producer on the ”Bones” spinoff ”The Finder.” Last year he also exec produced the 20th TV drama pilot ”Locke and Key” with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.