EXCLUSIVE: Raven Rock, a drama series project based on Garrett Graff’s upcoming nonfiction book, has landed at NBC in a script deal with significant penalty. The project hails from eOne Television and Paramount Television, who will serve as the studios, along with Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment and Robert Zemeckis’ Compari Entertainment.
Writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia will adapt Graff’s book, Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government’s Secret Plan To Save Itself – While The Rest Of Us Die, which will be published by Little Brown in 2015. The tome explores the history of our government’s secret efforts to ensure survival if most of America or its leaders are killed in a nuclear attack on the U.S. There is what is known as “CoG” or “Continuity of Government”, which are Top Secret, highly detailed plans on how to save the highest ranks; start over; and save America or, at the very least, the idea of America. The name of the book and potential TV comes from Raven Rock, a massive, classified, underground military installation in Pennsylvania (one of several secret military bunkers), which will serve as the central command post for the U.S. government in the wake of a nuclear attack.
Landscape and eOne, where Cooper’s company has a first-look deal, optioned rights to the book in August. The two companies then teamed with Paramount TV and Zemeckis. This marks the second major project to come out of the first-look deal Par TV inked with Zemeckis and Jack Rapke’s Compari in July. The other is also a drama series inspired by a book, Nicholson Baker’s novel The Fermata. Landscape also has supernatural limited series Wasteland in the works at NBC.
Cooper, Zemeckis, Rapke and Jackie Levine are executive producing Raven Rock along with Landscape’s Tyler Mitchell. Tom Patricia, who brought in the book proposal, will also serve as an executive producer. eOne TV and Paramount TV will co-distribute the series worldwide.
Graff, editor of The Washingtonian magazine, previously wrote the 2011 best-seller The Threat Matrix: The FBI At War In The Age Of Global Terror.