EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: NBC has put in development Hench, a high-concept drama from Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44 and Universal TV. Written by Alexandra Cunningham, Hench is based on the comic by Adam Beechen and Manny Bello’s comic and centers on a regular guy who, in order to support his family, gets jobs temping for super villains. Cunningham, Berg and Aubrey executive produce.
This marks a reunion of the creative team behind NBC’s drama Prime Suspect. NBC had tried to develop an U.S. version of the iconic British series with another writer-producer, but it was the version written by TV writer/playwright Cunningham and produced by Film 44 that got to a pilot stage and attracted Maria Bello as the lead. The pilot went to series, which was well received and, despite its struggle to attract a wide audience, was a favorite of NBC brass who re-upped Cunningham and Film 44′s overall deals in March. In addition to its collaboration with Cunningham, Film 44 has an U.S. version of the Israeli drama M.I.C.E. in development at NBC for next season. Before moving to Universal TV in 2010, WME-repped Cunningham was a key writer-producer on the first six seasons of ABC’s Desperate Housewives.
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