EXCLUSIVE: Hostages, a drama from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. TV, has landed at CBS with a pilot production commitment. Based on an Israeli format, the project centers on a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever. Hostages was originally developed for Israel’s Channel 10 by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir. The show has not been produced in Israel, but an U.S. adaptation written by Aranya found its way to Bruckheimer TV, which bought the rights and then brought in Nachmanoff (Traitor). Nachmanoff is set to write and direct Hostages as well as executive produce it with Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir. Aranya and KristieAnne Reed serve as co-executive producers.
This is the latest big commitment for Jerry Bruckheimer TV this season. The company has a pilot order at NBC for drama The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives and put pilot commitments for The Bureau, an FBI drama penned by Aron Eli Coleite, at CBS and docu-style military comedy At Ease, from writers Josh Bycel & Jonathan Fener, at NBC. It also has comedy The B-Side, from writer Sheri Elwood, set up at NBC.
Hostages also marks the the third sale this season for Aranya. He has two other projects with his Scripted World partner Rob Golenberg who, as an agent, sold Hostages to Bruckheimer TV. The two have Ritter, a legal drama at NBC from Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and Alex Cary inspired by the Icelandic series Réttur, and Betrayal, a drama based on the 2011 Dutch series Overspel at ABC, with David Zabel writing/exec producing. The duo are also behind ABC’s midseason drama series Red Widow, also based on a Dutch format.
Nachmanoff recently directed the pilot for NBC’s upcoming firefighter drama Chicago Fire and two episodes of Showtime’s acclaimed thriller drama Homeland, also based on an Israeli format. Nachmanoff and Bruckheimer TV are with CAA.