In what could be the last big sale this development season, CBS has given a production commitment to Sneaky Pete, a drama written and executive produced by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and House creator David Shore. The project hails from Sony Pictures TV, where Cranston has a first-look deal and Shore is under an overall pact. I hear it was the studio who got the two together. (Cranston and Shore are already linked through Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, also based at Sony TV, who is executive producing the upcoming CBS series Battle Creek with Shore.)
Sneaky Pete centers on a thirty-something con man who, upon leaving prison, takes cover from his darker past by assuming the identity of a cellmate. “Sneaky Pete” hides out from the mob while working for the cellmate family’s bail bond business, taking down criminals worse than himself. Over time, he discovers a family life he’s never had, and possibly true love with a woman who sees through his BS.
Cranston and Shore executive produce. James Degus of Cranston’s Moon Shot Entertainment will also executive produce, while Erin Gunn of Shore’s Shore Z will co-executive produce.
This marks Emmy winner Cranston’s second sale in his first year as a Sony TV-based producer. He also has comedy Dangerous Book For Boys, based on Conn and Hal Iggulden’s guidebook, which landed at NBC in a very competitive situation with a significant penalty and a premium license fee. It is the first pilot script sale for UTA-repped Cranston who wrote and directed the 1999 film Last Chance. Shore is with ICM Partners and the Shuman Co.