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‘Verdict’ for Adelstein, Drama for Scheuring

October 12, 2008 8:40 PM

The Verdict

“Prison Break” producers Marty Adelstein and Paul Scheuring are readying separate projects at 20th Century Fox Television. With Mr. Adelstein’s help, CBS and 20th Century Fox Television are looking to reinvent “The Verdict,” the Oscar-nominated 1982 legal thriller that starred the late Paul Newman. John Gray, creator of the Eye Network’s hit “Ghost Whisperer,” is writing the small-screen version of the movie, which featured Mr. Newman as a struggling lawyer trying to revive his career and restore his faded reputation. Mr. Gray is teaming with Mr. Adelstein (“Prison Break”) to executive produce the project. CBS has given a premium script order to “The Verdict,” attaching a penalty to the project if it doesn’t move forward to pilot. Mr. Gray has a long history with CBS, writing and directing the network’s 2004 miniseries remake of “Helter Skelter” and the 2002 telepic “Martin and Lewis.” This isn’t the first time CBS has turned to the big screen for a legal franchise. In 1995, the network reworked the 1994 feature “The Client.” Meanwhile, Mr. Scheuring—the creator of “Prison Break”—is once again showing his fondness for conspiracy theories. The writer-producer is preparing an untitled drama for the Fox Network that studio insiders describe as “a big, international adventure” that combines elements of “The Da Vinci Code” and “National Treasure.” Fox has ordered a script of Mr. Scheuring’s drama and attached a penalty to the project if it doesn’t move forward.

—Josef Adalian

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