EXCLUSIVE: John Lee Hancock is returning to television. The Blind Side writer-director has teamed with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott’s recently launched TV company for an untitled crime drama project that has been sold to ABC. Hancock is set to write, direct and executive produce the drama, which centers on an unorthodox protagonist described as Walter Mitty of the crime world. Hancock will executive produce with di Bonaventura and McDermott for ABC Studios where Di Bonaventura Pictures Television is under a 3-year deal. Hancock dabbled in TV in the late 1990s with brief stints on Falcone and L.A. Doctors, which he created, but has spent the last decade in movies, most recently writing and directing The Blind Side. After several years of struggling to get the movie made with Julia Roberts turning down the lead and 20th Century Fox dropping the project altogether, Hancock saw his film rake in $256 million in North America alone and earn star Sandra Bullock an Oscar. Di Bonavenura Pictures TV is off to a fast start in its first development season. The company has already sold several projects to ABC, including a drama from Changing Lanes scribe Michael Tolkin and ER showrunner David Zabel about a complex female ADA and comedies The Wonderful Women of Will’s World from writers David Diamond and David Weissman, about a man who juggling his two ex-wives, his new younger wife and his three children; and Blondie & Clyde from writer Marisa Coughlan, about two small-town women with big-town dreams. Hancock is with CAA, which also reps Di Bonaventura Pictures TV, and attorney Jeff Finkelstein.
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