EXCLUSIVE: Starz is developing The Brink, a supernatural crime drama project written by The Grudge scribe Stephen Susco and executive produced by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski through his Blind Wink Prods. The Brink is based on J.C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman’ book Personal Effects: Dark Art. The interactive supernatural thriller, which features various online extensions, is described by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker in his review as “equal parts House, CSI, and The X-Files.” It chronicles art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths. Weisman and Blind Wink’s Jonathan Krauss is executive producing in addition to Verbinski.
Verbinski — whose latest film, the Johhny Depp-starring animated adventure Rango, is riding high at the box office — first ventured into television in the fall with another supernatural drama. Titled Magical Law, the project, written by Pirates scribe Terry Rossio, was set up at Fox and followed specialized cops and lawyers prosecuting otherworldly crimes.