Hulu Orders Pilots for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s ‘Citizen’ and Thriller ‘When the Street Lights Go On’

Hulu will be picking up pilots for two new projects, Variety has learned.

Though the deals are not yet closed, the streaming service is expected to make formal pilot orders soon for “Citizen” from “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and ’80s-set thriller “When the Street Lights Go On,” which was originally intended to be a feature film a few years back.

Marking Gomez-Rejon’s writing debut, along with scribes Josh Pate and ‎Nicholas Schutt, “Citizen” is described as a fresh take on the hero origin story blending elements of magical realism and gritty vigilantism set against the backdrop of a vibrant, “supernaturalized” Los Angeles.

Gomez-Rejon, Pate and Schutt are creators and will serve as exec producers, along with David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content, which will produce with Paramount Television.

“When the Street Lights Go On,” also from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, is based on the Black List feature script from writers Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe, which was being developed as a film by Anonymous back in 2012. Now re-tooled for a series, the coming-of-age thriller is about a sleepy, suburban town that is rocked by the brutal murder of a high school girl and her teacher in the summer of 1983.

Brett Morgen, who was also attached to the project in the film stage, will direct the pilot episode and will serve as exec producer alongside Hutton and O’Keefe. Anonymous’ Chad Hamilton, Tariq Merhab, Michael Sugar and Steve Golin will also exec produce.

“When the Street Lights Go On” marks a continuation in high profile dramas for Hulu, following the upcoming debuts of “11.22.63,” based on Stephen King’s novel, and cult drama “The Path,” starring Aaron Paul.

Sources tell Variety that both projects are in the early stages of casting.

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