In an early buy for the upcoming development cycle, Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to a drama from NYC 22 and Criminal Justice creator Richard Price. Like those two shows, the untitled new project, from sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, is a crime drama set in New York. It centers on a twentysomething Wall Street portfolio manager who unwittingly becomes a pawn in the DA’s attempts to take down a criminal organization. Price’s rookie-cop drama NYC 22, produced by Robert De Niro, aired on CBS in 2012. The upcoming HBO limited series Criminal Justice is loosely inspired by the BBC series of the same name created by Peter Moffat. The pilot starred James Gandolfini, with De Niro and later John Turturro stepping in to play the role after The Sopranos star’s death. On the feature side, Oscar-nominated Price (The Color Of Money) recently wrote the upcoming thriller Child 44.
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Like last year, it has been slow going early in the pitch season. Once again there is a concern that many experienced writer-producers, especially on the drama side, are tied to series and not available to develop.