NBC has a new procedural in the works after giving a premium script order for an adaptation of the 1997 Jeffery Deaver novel “The Bone Collector,” which was made into a feature film in 1999 starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
“Based on the best-selling book series and movie of the same name, NBC’s take follows Lincoln Rhyme (originally played by Washington), a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports. “When a harrowing case brings him back to the force, Rhyme partners up with an ambitious young detective, Amelia Sachs (Jolie in the feature), to take down some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S.”
THR adds: “VJ Boyd (‘Justified,’ ‘SWAT’) and Mark Bianculli will pen the script and exec produce the drama, which is a co-production between Universal Television (whose Universal Pictures distributed the feature) and Sony Pictures Television. Keshet Studios’ Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan will exec produce.
The report notes that “The Bone Collector” became a literary franchise, with the 11th and most recent book in the series, “The Skin Collector,” published in 2014.
“The development deal arrives as broadcast, cable, premium networks and streaming services have put an increased value on properties that could become franchises and deliver multiple potential spinoffs as competition for IP and eyeballs in the so-called Peak TV era continues to intensify,” THR notes.