Three years after the end of Numbers, CBS is high on another drama procedural with a genius at the center. The network has given a put pilot commitment to an untitled drama from producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, writer Nick Santora and director Justin Lin. It is one of two sales for Kurtzman and Orci’s CBS TV Studios-based K/O Paper Products, along with an untitled sibling terrorist drama at the CW, done with Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya ‘s Scripted World.
Written by Breakout Kings co-creator Santora and to be directed by Fast & The Furious’ Lin, the CBS project is inspired by the true story of Walter O’Brien’s life and how he, a man with the fourth highest documented IQ, became a real-life professor X. He recruited the world’s greatest intellects to his company where they not only solved the world’s most pressing and significant problems, but also helped each other learn to fit in and live in a world where literally being “one in a billion” can be as lonely as it sounds. Executive producing are Santora, Lin, O’Brien, K/O’s Kurtzman, Orci and Heather Kadin and SB Films’ Scooter Braun, with SB’s Danny Rose and Danielle Woodrow of Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment co-exec producing and and SB’s Scott Manson and Perfect Storm’s Troy Poon producing. Santora, who is under an overall deal at CBS Studios, is repped by WME and Gotham; Lin is with CAA and Jackie Eckhouse and John Sloss; Braun is with by CAA and Karl Austen.
The CW’s Untitled Sibling Terrorist drama, written by Corinne Brinkerhoff, is inspired by Israeli feature script Dance Of The Hours by Orna Raiz. It centers on a young Brooklynite recruited by the CIA to infiltrate her recently discovered biological family, a wealthy and powerful dynasty in Texas suspected of having criminal alliances across the globe. This marks the first development for UTA-repped Brinkerhoff under her overall deal at CBS Studios. She is exec producing with Kurtzman, Orci, Heather Kadin, Golenberg and Aranya. Kurtzman and Orci, running high on the success of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, are repped by CAA and Michael Gendler.
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