EXCLUSIVE: Eric Overmyer (Treme, Boardwalk Empire) has come aboard as showrunner on the scripted series Capitol Crimes, currently in development by Mark Sennet Entertainment Inc. and Grey Eagle Films. The politically charged project is adapted from the seven-novel Fiona FitzGerald Mystery series by author Warren Adler (The War Of The Roses, Random Hearts), about a female homicide detective and senator’s daughter who penetrates the most prestigious D.C. circles solving high-profile murders. Mark Sennet, Brian Gary, Adler’s son Jonathan Robert Adler and Stephen Greenwald are executive producers on the series, which has also added Bo Derek and Craig Sheftell as co-exec producers.
Like the series’ protagonist, 10 actress Derek has extensive experience in D.C.’s social and political scene. She came aboard as co-EP after meeting with Adler and Sennett. “I’ve spent so much time in Washington D.C., and I was on the board of The Kennedy Center,” she explained to Deadline. “I love this city and obviously that will play a part [in the production]. I’ve been a big fan of Warren Adler’s writing since War Of The Roses, and the idea of a female homicide detective in the power center of the world makes for good storytelling,” she said. Talks with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe already have put the commonwealth at the top of producers’ lists as a potential filming location to stand in for D.C. Derek also might take a role on the series.
Sennet last year partnered with Allied Film & TV Fund on a deal to develop longform and limited series scripted television programs as well as 4-6 feature films annually. The company previously produced Stephen King’s limited series Bag Of Bones for A&E, Desperation for ABC, and Touch The Top Of The World for A&E. Grey Eagle Films’ Adler and Greenwald obtained rights to Adler’s literary works and also are plotting sequel adaptation The War Of The Roses: The Children based on the original divorce tome, as well as a Broadway version of War Of The Roses and a dramatic play adaptation in English and translated for Brazilian audiences. The producers are represented by Innovative Artists; Overmyer is repped by CAA.