NBC has made one of its first buys of the season, committing to a geopolitical drama based on the United Nations, Deadline.com reports. The project, which has received a script commitment from the network, is described as “West Wing” at the U.N.
The drama will track an interpreter who works with diplomats from different countries as they encounter crises, the story notes. The project grew out of the first-look deal at NBCUniversal for Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald of Parkes/MacDonald, the piece adds. The deal has also yielded the series “Crossbones.”
“The U.N. has long been a dramatic backdrop for film and TV,” the story notes. “Cary Grant was filmed approaching [the] exterior of the actual building in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 ‘North by Northwest,’ though all interior scenes were shot on a soundstage. The 2005 thriller ‘The Interpreter,’ with Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman, was actually the first film to shoot inside the U.N. itself. In 2008’s ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ remake, the aliens communicate with world leaders gathered at the U.N.”
The U.N. was also a backdrop for much of the final season of Fox’s “24,” the piece notes.