EXCLUSIVE: Fox has put in development Frayed, a thriller drama written by Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air), which has received a script commitment plus penalty. It is based on the Dutch miniseries Bellicher, which in turn was an adaptation of the novel The Power Of Mr. Miller by Dutch author Charles den Tex. Frayed hails from Sony TV, Turner and Jennifer Klein’s studio-based Vendetta and Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya’s Scripted World. It centers on an arrogant and entitled corporate consultant who gets embroiled in a grand conspiracy that forces him to go on the run. As his entire life unravels, he’ll come to realize that the only man who can help him is a perpetually paranoid and possibly delusional former NSA agent. I hear Turner was drawn to the format because of his love for ’70s thrillers like The Conversation, The Parallax View and Three Days Of The Condor. The original four-hour miniseries, produced by Pupkin Films, aired in 2010 on Netherlands’ VPRO. (check out the trailer with English subtitles below). It was followed by the 2012 six-episode sequel mini Bellicher: Cel based on den Tex’s novel of the same name. The Fox series adaptation is executive produced by Turner, Klein, Golenberg and Aranya. This marks Vendetta’s first sale under the first-look deal with Sony TV inked this past summer. On the feature side, the CAA-repped company has Everest going into production next year at Sony with Doug Liman directing and Tom Hardy attached to star. For Scripted World, this marks the latest Dutch format the company has set up at an U.S. network, following dramas Red Widow and Betrayal, which both went to series at ABC. In addition to Betrayal, Aranya also serves as an executive producer on the new CBS drama series Hostages.
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