Chris Morgan is backing two feature writers — Patrick Aison and Greg Russo — in their first network sales. Fox has bought both drama projects, from 20th Century Fox TV and Morgan’s studio-based Chris Morgan Prods. The untitled Patrick Aison project centers on a vengeful young woman and a master assassin who form an unlikely partnership; as he teaches her the art of the kill, their personal lives become entangled. The Greg Russo project is set in the underground world of auto-theft rings and follows a suburban family man who, on the side, runs the most successful custom-ticket auto-theft ring in Los Angeles.
Aison is a Black List writer who got Hollywood’s attention in 2012 with his spec Wunderkind, which Paramount landed in a bidding war for J.J. Abrams/Bad Robot. He has a relationship with Fox, having served as a producer on the network’s upcoming event series Wayward Pines, and has developed at FX. In features, Aison is writing Operation Dinero for Peter Chernin and Fox 2000. He’s repped by ICM Partners, DMG Entertainment and attorney Peter Sample.
Russo, repped by ICM Partners, Madhouse and Lawrence Kopeikin, recently wrote It Takes A Thief for Universal. He first met Morgan while writing Heatseekers for Paramount with Platinum Dunes. Morgan, also repped by ICM Partners, executive produced the Fox/20th drama Gang Related.