Thursday, September 8, 2011
Producer Mark Gordon Sells 2 More Projects To ABC: Crime Drama From Writer Chap Taylor & Candace Bushnell Book Adaptation
The Mark Gordon Co. has set up 2 more projects at ABC: Chap Taylor’s drama Untouchable and an hourlong project based on Candace Bushnell’s book One Fifth Avenue. Both hail from ABC Studios. Described as a stylish, sexy, modernization of Miami Vice for the twenty-first century, Untouchable centers on a hard-charging female FBI agent with a blue collar background who is teamed with a reckless, independently wealthy LAPD detective to take on twenty-first century organized crime. Changing Lanes writer Taylor is set to pen the script and executive produce with Gordon and The X Files and Castle helmer Rob Bowman, who is attached to direct. Taylor, repped by WME and Management 360, just delivered the pilot script for his FX drama project about an illegal immigrant-turned-private eye, which drew a lot of attention when first unveiled by Deadline last year. Rodrigo Garcia is attached to direct the potential pilot. Taylor also is in active development on bestseller Gideon’s Sword for Michael Bay at Paramount. And he is developing a feature adaptation of his comic book series Haunted City with McG and his producing partner Peter Johnson. McG is attached to direct the project, which is expected to be taken out at the beginning of next year. Bushnell’s One Fifth Avenue chronicles the clashes among the inhabitants of One Fifth Avenue, a Greenwich Village art deco jewel crammed with regal rich, tarty upstarts and misguided lovers. Josh Safran (Gossip Girl) is writing the adaptation and will exec produce with Bushnell and Gordon. Untouchable and One Fifth Avenue join a slew of other Mark Cordon Co. projects sold to ABC this season, Michael Seitzman’s The Seven Wonders, Ron Bass and Jen Smolka’s Winging It, Keith Merryman and David Newman’s Status Update and Scott Kings Stuck In Reverse.