UPDATED: ABC has handed a script commitment with significant penalty to Chosen, a drama from Big Fish writer John August and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles developer/executive producer Josh Friedman. Described as a unique tale of family struggle, teen romance and California evil, it explores how a family’s life is upended when their 15-year-old daughter is identified as the reincarnated prophet of a mysterious South American religion. But is she their messiah, or a pawn in a darker conspiracy? August is writing and will executive produce with Friedman. 20th Century Fox TV, where Friedman is under a three-year overall deal, produces. Chosen joins another premium script deal Friedman recently inked at NBC for an untitled soap set in in world of human-looking robots, which Friedman is writing/executive producing, with Homeland‘s Howard Gordon supervising/executive producing. Frequent Tim Burton collaborator August, who recently co-wrote Dark Shadows, the upcoming Frankenweenie and a musical version of Big Fish, is with UTA, which also reps Friedman.
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