ABC is putting the finishing touches on a straight-to-series order for a drama series. Deadline.com reports that the network is ordering “The Black Box,” written by Amy Holden Jones (“The Relic,” “Mystic Pizza”).
Nellie Andreeva writes in the Deadline.com piece: “She is executive producing with ‘The L Word’ creator Ilene Chaiken, who serves as showrunner, ‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer, 3 Arts’ Oly Obst (‘The Invention of Lying’), and Anne Thomopoulos (‘Borgia’). The Black Box centers on Elizabeth Black, world renowned neuroscientist who appears to have it all but is constantly haunted by her own struggle with mental illness. And that is not the only secret she’s kept locked away from her family and her new fiance.”
The project marks the first move into television for indie film finance and production firm Bold Films, the piece notes.
Andreeva adds: “No premiere date has been set yet but I hear the series is being eyed for midseason, possibly January. This marks the first international package deal for WME, which reps Jones, Singer and Chaiken.”
ABC reportedly landed the project after a bidding war.