Fittingly for Halloween, TNT has given a pilot order to a drama that has monsters in it. The network has picked up Breed, from writer/novelist John Scott Shepherd (Life Or Something Like It), director Scott Winant (Fargo) and producer Nicky Weinstock of Invention Film Co. That makes six pilot orders at TNT and TBS made in the past two months without a top programming executive at the network, following the departure of Michael Wright. His and his former boss Steve Koonin’s posts are still vacant, with former Fox chairman Kevin Reilly recently restarting talks for the job.
Breed, which TNT bought as a spec in the spring, tells the wild and chilling story of a series of brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest and the mysterious race of creatures who may be committing them. Despite his own mental instability, a gifted detective named Cooper Wells embarks on the case, employing his expertise on serial killers. But when the perpetrators start to reveal barbaric tendencies of an inhuman nature, Wells is forced to enlist the help of a powerful and alluring female assassin to track them.
Shepherd, Weinstock and Winant executive produce, with Winant directing. This marks Shepherd and Winant’s second pilot collaboration. Winant also directed the pilot for the Shepherd-created NBC comedy series Save Me, which the two executive produced.
Nicky Weinstock ran Apatow Productions before launching his own production company, currently based at Lionsgate. Shepherd, repped by Paradigm and attorney Joel McKuin, also created the ABC summer series The Days. On the feature side, Shepherd’s script Jump is set up at Relativity with Jennifer Klein and Sheldon Turner attached to produce. Emmy winner Scott Winant is repped by CAA and Jeanne Newman.
This is TNT’s fourth drama pilot over the past month or so, joining fantasy drama Lumen, Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay’s cocaine project and the DC-themed Titans. Three of the four, Lumen, Titans and Breed, are likely eyed for the network’s action/genre Sunday night.