EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development Last Stop Savannah. The drama project is written by Randy Brown, who penned the most recent Clint Eastwood-starring movie Trouble With The Curve, and executive produced by Bill Gerber, who produced Eastwood’s previous starring vehicle Gran Torino. Last Stop Savannah, from Warner Bros TV and studio-based Gerber Pictures, centers on a high-profile Chicago attorney who suffers a fall from grace and loses his Illinois license. He returns to his hometown of Savannah for a job at his old college roommate’s firm — where his daughter works as a newly minted partner. Brown, who will co-executive produce, and Gerber are with UTA.
This is the second TV project for Gerber Pictures this season, along with an adaptation of comic Midnight, Mass. at NBC. On the feature side, the Gerber-produced Grudge Match starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Kevin Hart just received a green light by Warner Bros.
In other recent drama sales, director-producer Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad) has set up another project: an untitled U.S. marshal drama at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV, where he is under an overall deal. Written/exec produced by Paul Zbyszewski through a blind script deal at 20th TV, the project centers on Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Shaker who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program begin getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole the file with the secret identities of every member of the program. Fleischer is executive producing and may direct. UTA-repped Fleischer is already behind two comedy projects that have received put pilot commitments: Strange Calls at ABC and a show starring Rachael Harris and Angela Kinsey at Fox, along with an another comedy at Fox written by John Phillips.