EXCLUSIVE: Former 24 executive producer Evan Katz has sold an untitled heist drama to ABC through ABC Studios and Marty Bowen & Wyck Godfrey’s studio-based Temple Hill (Revenge). It is described as a fun, twisty adventure about members of a former army special forces team who are betrayed, and decide to become thieves, in order to go after the people who are responsible for the deaths of their friends. The idea for the project was brought to Katz by Twilight producer Temple Hill and feature writer Chris Morgan (Fast Five). It stems from the deal Katz inked with ABC Studios in June, which included him developing a script in addition to joining the studio’s ABC drama Body Of Proof as executive producer/showrunner.
WME-repped Katz spent seven seasons on 24, five of them as executive producer. For the past two years, under a deal at Universal TV, he served as showrunner on The Event and most recently served as a consulting producer on Awake. For hot feature scribe Morgan, this marks a first foray into television. On the film side, the ICM Partners-repped writer has a deal at Universal where he is writing and producing Fast & Furious 6. Temple Hill, which recently reupped its overall deal with ABC Studios and hired Larry Gilbert as SVP of television, also has sold a Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn drama to ABC.