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ITV Studios America has optioned the book rights for “Bull Mountain,” and has attached “Criminal Minds” exec producer Ed Bernero to develop the television adaptation, the studio announced Thursday.

Based on Brian Panowich’s recently-released novel of the same name, “Bull Mountain” is described as a multi-generational saga of crime, family and vengeance. The story revolves around a modern day small-town sheriff who is trying to distance himself from his family’s criminal empire.

Bernero, who was showrunner on “Criminal Minds” and created NBC’s “Crossing Lines” from Sony, will pen the pilot for “Bull Mountain.” Should the series get picked up, he will serve as showrunner.

For ITV Studios America, “Bull Mountain” marks the latest venture on the scripted slate, following History’s “Texas Rising” and Hallmark Channel’s “Good Witch.”

Panowich, who is repped by Joel Gotler of Intellectual Property Group who brokered the TV rights deal, released “Bull Mountain” last month via Putnam Books