ABC has handed a script commitment with significant penalty to The Good Thief’s Guide, a drama series project from Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson and Andrew Miller. Based on the bestselling book series by British author Chris Ewan, it follows the charming and unpredictable Charlie Howard as he travels the world, blogging about his adventures… while stealing for fun and profit. Each season is set in a new exotic city and centers around one perfect heist that usually turns into a tangled web of lies and double crosses. 20th Century Fox TV, where Hanson is under an overall deal, is producing, with Hanson and Miller executive producing. Last development season, Hanson wrote another book adaptation, drama Backstrom, which is still in contention at CBS. Hanson is with WME and Jeanne Newman; Miller with WME, Matt Johnson and Jamie Affifi.
Writer-producer Andrew Miller, who developed and executive produced the CW’s drama series The Secret Circle last season, has sold two hourlong projects: SAGA at ABC, co-produced by Amblin TV, and an untitled Rodeo project at Fox, which has Ruben Fleischer executive producing and potentially directing. Miller is writing/executive producing both shows.
In the high-concept SAGA, which could be a potential companion to ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time, when the author of a best-selling book series (think J.K. Rowling) goes missing before she can complete the final installment in her epic fantasy saga, a family of fans discovers she’s been kidnapped into the very real world of her books and attempts to rescue her. The project originated with Full Fathom Five, whose James Frey and Todd Cohen will executive produce alongside Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank as well as Miller. ABC Studios is producing.