Another Breaking Bad player is getting a pilot. Jonathan Banks has been cast in the NBC drama pilot Bloodline, written by David Graziano and directed by Peter Berg. It is about Bird, an orphaned young girl caught in the struggle between two warring families of mercenaries and killers.
EXCLUSIVE: NBC has given a pilot order to Bloodline, a stylized drama from writer David Graziano (Awake, Lie To Me) and producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey. Berg is set to direct the pilot, produced by Universal TV and Berg and Aubrey’s Film 44.
Bloodline, which reflects Graziano’s love of pulp, graphic novels and ancient mythology, is a contemporary pulp action thriller in the vein of Kill Bill. Set against the backdrop of modern suburbia, it follows the story of an orphaned young girl, Bird Benson, who, due to an accident of birth, is caught in the epic struggle between two warring families of mercenaries and killers. Mentored by a mysterious Chinese man, Bird must accept the quest to find and defeat her mother in mortal combat if she is ever to lead a normal life. Graziano is exec producing with Berg and Aubrey. Bloodline extends Graziano’s relationship with NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke who signed Graziano in an overall deal while at 20th TV. In addition to Bloodline, WME-repped Berg and Film 44 have drama M.I.C.E., based on the Israeli format The Gordin Cell, which received a put pilot commitment at NBC, with Berg writing/directing. Graziano, repped by Rothman Brecher Kim, also has mob drama The Sixth Family in the works at Cinemax, with Warner Horizon producing.
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EXCLUSIVE: TV writer David Graziano has set up two drama projects, The Sixth Family at Cinemax produced by Warner Horizon, and Bloodline at NBC, from Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44 and Universal TV. After working on a string of series, including Southland, Lie To Me, which he co-ran, Terra Nova and Awake, Graziano focused on development this season, resulting in the two sales. He is writing/executive producing both projects.
Based on true stories from the streets of South Brooklyn, The Sixth Family drama is about the changing face of organized crime in the wake of 9/11. The project, whose title riffs on New York’s Five Families, the city’s infamous Italian mafia clans, is inspired by some of Graziano’s personal relationships developed over the years with people on both sides of the law stemming back to his youth in his hometown of Brooklyn.