Hutch Parker has optioned the rights for James Lee Burke’s mystery novel series, centering around New Orleans police detective Dave Robicheaux. Parker has a first-look deal with Fox and will package the series for cable. Burke’s novels have twice been adapted for the big screen, with 1996’s “Heaven’s Prisoners” and 2009’s “In The Electric Mist With Confederate Dead.”
Fox is looking to stay in business with “House” exec producers Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner, as the network has put in a script commitment deal for the duo’s latest effort, an ensemble drama set in an aircraft carrier. The show will focus on the lives of the young people working the dangerous jobs required to keep the ship running, while also following a female fighter pilot in her quest to solve a murder that occurs on board. Friend and Lerner will also executive produce the show, and are both repped by WME.
Ernest Dickerson is in talks to direct the pilot for LOW WINTER SUN, the AMC adaptation of the British drama series. Dickerson is a regular director on “Dexter” and “The Walking Dead”, and previously served as Spike Lee’s cinematographer on “Do the Right Thing”, “Jungle Fever” and “Malcolm X.” Dickerson is repped by Verve and Untitled Entertainment.
Alphonso McAuley has signed a talent holding deal with Universal Television. The studio is looking to cast him in a comedy pilot. Known for his co-starring role on Fox’s “Breaking In”, McAuley has also appeared in “Glory Road”, “Pride” and “Nim’s Island”. McAuley is repped by Paradigm and Mosaic.
Lawrence Bender and Kevin Brown have signed a development deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop television projects for USA Network under their production company, Bender Brown. Though Bender Brown has developed projects for several studios over the last few years, Bender admits that “having a single studio partner is very exciting.” Bender Brown has developed several television series and miniseries, most notably “Dr. Vegas” for CBS and “Earthsea” for Syfy. Bender is well known for his partnership with Quentin Tarantino, having produced many of his films. Bender is repped by WME.