Sleepy Hollow co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman has teamed with Gang Related executive producer/showrunner Scott Rosenbaum for a sci-fi drama, which has received a put pilot commitment from Fox. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV where Wiseman’s Sketch Films is based for television. It also marks the first sale under a two-year overall deal Rosenbaum has just signed with 20th TV.
Described as “The Dirty Dozen in deep space”, the untitled drama is set in a foreseeable future, where companies have begun to colonize sections of our known galaxy. A mercenary search and rescue team is dispatched to investigate a distress signal from a prison transport that has crashed on an uncharted planet. This unlikely group of heroes will now have to work together when they encounter a much greater challenge on this mysterious planet than they could have anticipated. Wiseman and Rosenbaum executive produce, with Rosenbaum writing/showrunning and Wiseman set to direct. Wiseman, best known for the Underworld feature franchise, has a perfect TV directing record, with both pilots he has helmed, Hawaii Five-0 and Sleepy Hollow, going to series.
Under the two-year overall deal with 20th TV, Rosenbaum will develop and supervise projects for network and cable through his Skeeter Rosenbaum Prods. The pact stems from Rosenbaum’s collaboration with 20th TV on the studio’s Fox drama Gang Related. “Scott is about as imaginative a writer as there is, and he’s also a seasoned showrunner who did a fantastic job for us on Gang Related,” 20th TV’s President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis said. “He’s exactly the kind of producer you want on your roster because he’s creative, he’s collaborative and he always comes to the table with a strong point of view.”
Davis revealed that “developing sci-fi projects was a priority for the studio and network this year, and I’m not sure there is a cooler combination of talent than Scott and Len Wiseman,” adding, “We’re very excited about their project.”
Wiseman, repped by CAA and Howard Abramson, also is producing a St. Patrick limited series, which is in development at Fox through 20th TV. Rosenbaum, whose series credits also include The Shield, V, Chuck, is repped by CAA and Michael Gendler.