EXCLUSIVE: Feature director James Mangold has come on board to direct the CBS/CBS Studios drama pilot Rookies, an ensemble cop show from The Color of Money writer Richard Price, which is executive produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal through their Tribeca production banner. Price also is exec producing the pilot, about six NYPD rookies who balance their personal lives with learning the beat on the streets of Manhattan. De Niro and Mangold worked together on the 1997 movie Cop Land, also about a group of NYPD policemen. Mangold directed the movie, which co-starred De Niro. Because of the duo’s great experience on Cop Land, De Niro and Rosenthal approached Mangold to direct Rookies. This is the second TV directing gig for CAA-repped Mangold, who also directed the pilot for Men in Trees and served as an executive producer on the ABC series.
Meanwhile, Mad Men helmer Lesli Linka Glatter has signed on to direct the ABC drama pilot Grace, from Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff, a dysfunctional family drama set in the world of professional dance. WME-repped Glatter was nominated for an Emmy and won a DGA Award for the Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency episode of Mad Men. She recently directed the pilot for ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.
And Adam Bernstein, who directed the pilots for NBC’s 30 Rock and Scrubs, has been tapped to direct the Fox single-camera comedy pilot Little in Common, from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. The project, produced by Warner Bros. TV, is about 3 families united through their kids’ little league sports.