NBC has lit two pilot jobs green – a wedding island disaster thriller manager produced by The Blacklist duo John Davis and John Fox, and a bank robbery drama manager produced by Julie Plec.
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The move marks the first pilot orders of the 2021/22 broadcast season by the network – after the Covid 19 pandemic had thrown the 2020/21 development season into chaos and many pilot projects could only be filmed this year and the networks pulled out of traditional buying patterns.
Escape The focus is on a wedding at a remote luxury resort that quickly falls into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals take the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless vet, will do anything to stay alive.
It was written and produced by JJ Bailey, who wrote Echo, a pilot appointed by NBC last year, and Moira Kirland, a co-exec producer on Madam Secretary and Hawaii Five-0. John David and John Fox Exec produce.
It is produced by Universal Television.
The Untitled Nick Wootton / Jake Coburn Project is a high-stakes two-handed two-handed gamer – a recently captured brilliant criminal mastermind who orchestrates a series of coordinated bank robberies for a mysterious purpose, and the principled, relentless and socially outcast FBI agent who will stop at nothing for ambition plan to thwart.
It was co-designed by Coburn, who produced Quantico, and Wooten, who wrote for Prison Break, Law & Order, and NYPD Blue. The pilot was written by Wooten.
It is being produced by Julie Plec, executive producer of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, and her production partner Emily Cummins, former Disney TV executive who joined Plec’s My So-Called Company earlier this year.
It is also produced by Universal Television.
It comes two weeks after NBC placed Ordinary Joe, a drama pilot starring Jimmy Wolk from house veterans Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner, as well as Batman writer / director Matt Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner, a series contract.
In January, David Applebaum’s drama La Brea received a series contract with comedy pilots American Auto and Grand Crew.