NBC has committed to Manhunt, an anthology-style drama series from creators Zack Rice and Whit Brayton, director Gavin Hood and Anonymous Content, the company behind True Detective and The Knick. The project has received a 10-episode order contingent on it getting casting and script approval from the network. Universal TV is producing.
Manhunt was a hot spec shopped this summer. It was written by Rice, who works as a Uber driver, and Brayton, a valet. It had talent attached contingent on the project landing at a cable network. But NBC aggressively pursued the property and landed it. It will now begin reaching out to actors for the two leads. Each season of Manhunt will focus on the mounting tension of an entire city on the hunt for a fugitive roaming the streets at large. It will examine the moment an American, or International City becomes a police state, a war zone or a ground zero and the ensuing bloodlust it inspires. Rice and Brayton are expected to write all episodes. I hear NBC already has commissioned five backups scripts, with an option for four additional ones to complete the 10-episode season. Hood, Rice and Brayton executive produce with Michael Sugar, Alex Goldstone and Nicole Romano. CAA-repped Rice and Brayton are not complete novices to TV. They also penned a re-imagining of the legend of Zorro,which had a script-to-series commitment at USA through Georgeville but did not go forward. Hood is repped by WME, with Anonymous Content managing him, Rice and Brayton.