EXCLUSIVE: McG has teamed with The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone for a female-lead crime drama, which has sold to CBS. Carrying the social media-influenced title #Resistance, the project from McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision and Warner Bros TV centers on an unconventional young female detective for the San Francisco Police Department who won’t let criminals get away with their actions. After she finally goes too far, she gets fired from the force — only to be secretly recruited by the Chief of Police to become an undercover officer posing as a vigilante, allowing her to break the law in order to serve justice. Cerone will write the script and executive produce with Wonderland’s McG and Peter Johnson.
The project, somewhat of a female Equalizer, was put together by Wonderland VP Jeff Grosvenor. It stems from McG’s history and interest in empowered female characters and Cerone’s experience on Dexter, where he served as executive producer/showrunner, and on The Mentalist — both shows centered on characters that fight crime from outside the conventional system.
In addition to #Resistance, Wonderland has a put pilot commitment at ABC for Westside, a Byron Balasco-written soap that is described as a contemporary take on West Side Story, and is also behind the CW’s Wunderland, a contemporary reimagining of Alice In Wonderland written by Chad Hodge. Additionally, McG directed the Fox legal procedural drama pilot Guilty last season, which remains in contention for a series pickup. Cerone has long history at CBS, where he landed his first series with Clubhouse. McG and Cerone are with WME.