EXCLUSIVE: Greek Gods are hot at Fox this development season. The network has put in development Olympus, an action drama created by writer-director Peter Berg and actor-writer Taylor Sheridan (Sons Of Anarchy). The project, from Universal TV and Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s studio-based Film 44, is described as “Bourne by way of 300.” It centers on a decorated soldier-turned-spy who finds out he actually is descended from the Greek Gods and may just be humanity’s last hope. In his broadcast pilot writing debut, Sheridan will write the script.
This is the second drama with Greek mythology themes in the works at Fox, which also has Athena, from writer Lisa Joy, Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. It is based on Joy’s graphic novel, Headache, a coming-of-age drama about a 23-year-old woman who discovers she’s Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare.
Berg and Sheridan are already working together on the feature side. Sheridan’s spec Comancheria sold in April to Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, with Film 44 producing and Berg eying to direct. On the cable side, Sheridan, repped by Gersh and Elevate Entertainment, is working on one-hour drama Grass Valley for AMC with Maria Grasso and Deborah Spera’s One-Two Punch producing. At NBC, Film 44 has M.I.C.E., an adaptation of the Israeli format The Gordin Cell, which Berg is set to write and direct. The project has a put pilot commitment.