EXCLUSIVE: The auspices behind CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 reboot are reteaming for a new drama series. The eye network has put in development Salvation, a high-concept drama executive produced by Hawaii Five-0 developers/exec producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Peter Lenkov and produced by CBS TV Studios. Written by up-and-coming feature writer Matt Wheeler, the project is set in the months leading up to a global, catastrophic event and follows a group of characters’ attempts to deal with the impending destruction of the planet and ensure the survival of humanity. Kurtzman, Orci, Lenkov and Heather Kadin are executive producing, with Wheeler co-exec producing.
This marks the first sale for Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products under a deal with CBS TV Studios the company inked in July. Under their previous pact at 20th TV, K/O are producing Fox’s upcoming fall drama series Sleepy Hollow. Lenkov, who has been running Hawaii Five-0 since its 2010 launch, also is under an overall deal at CBS Studios. Wheeler, repped by Management 360 and Verve, penned the script Snatchback for Voltage with Atlas producing and Ross Katz attached to direct. He recently wrote Butcher’s Boy for Sony with Matt Tolmach producing, and is writing the action thriller Splinter for Wayfare Entertainment. CAA reps Kurtzman and Orci, also repped by Michael Gendler, as well as Lenkov.