Paul Abbott will be creating the remake of the French series “Les Revenants” titled THEY CAME BACK. The project follows a group of people in a secluded Alpine village that do not realize that they are dead as they meander aimlessly, trying to find others that recognize them. Abbott is repped by CAA and The Agency.
NBC has ordered a pilot for Jason Katims’ ABOUT A BOY. Based on the book and movie of the same name, the plot follows a bachelor who never really grew up and the single mother that moves in next to him. Katims will exec produce with Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. He is repped by CAA.
John Logan and Sam Mendes have sold PENNY DREADFUL to Showtime. The project sees famous literary characters and monsters existing in the same universe in London. Logan will write the show with both men executive producing with Pippa Harris. Both Logan and Mendes are repped by CAA.
Jessica Simpson will star in an untitled comedy pilot for NBC. Pitched by Robin and Nick Bakay with the latter writing the script. The project is based on Simpson’s life. The Bakays are repped by APA.
TNT has ordered KING AND MAXWELL from pilot to series. The project, created by Shane Brennan, Follows two ex-Secret Service agents (Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney) now serving as private detectives. Brennan is repped by Paradigm.
Syfy has purchased a new series from “Battlestar Galactica” writer/executive producer Ron Moore titled HELIX. The project, written by Cameron Porsandeh, centers on a group of scientists who discover a deadly disease at an outpost in the Arctic and fight to keep it form infecting the entire world. Porsandeh will exec produce with Moore and Lynda Obst. Moore is repped by CAA.
Michael J. Fox will be starring in a show based on his life for NBC. The project will follow him trying to balance his personal life as a husband and father of three with his career, which is stalling due to his Parkinson’s. Betsy Brandt will also star as Fox’s wife. The project was brought together by Will Gluck.
AMC will officially be bringing back THE KILLING for a twelve-episode third season, this coming after the show was initially cancelled. Veena Sud (WME) will return as writer, executive producer and showrunner and Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will reprise their lead roles.
DROP DEAD DIVA will be cancelled by Lifetime after four seasons. The show followed a deceased model who finds herself trapped in the body of a more voluptuous, savvy lawyer.
Syfy will not be renewing ALPHAS for a third season. The project, which centered on a group of people with beyond-human mental and physical skills, was created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow.
Eric Lodal and Steven Bochco’s MURDER IN THE FIRST has been greenlit by TNT. The project follows two San Francisco police officers investigating crimes in the city and surrounding Silicon Valley. Bochco will exec produce with Lodal co-exec producing. Both men are repped by CAA.
Geena Davis will star in an untitled drama from Dean Devlin. The show is based on the true story of Mackenzie Green, a bounty hunter whose quirky and eccentric personality aided her in the unpredictable bounty hunting business. Davis will star in the lead bounty hunting role. Devil will direct the pilot from a script written by Amy Berg. Devlin is repped by CAA and Berg by UTA.
Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot have signed a two-year first look deal with Warner Horizon Television. The duo will develop and exec produce projects with Shankman having the option to direct. The duo, who are both repped by UTA, last worked together on last year’s “Step Up: Revolution” and “Rock of Ages”.