TNT has given a pilot green light to Robbers. The network landed the drama in May in a competitive situation with Tim McGraw attached to star. He has since departed the project and won’t be in the pilot. Based on Christopher Cook’s 2000 debut novel, Robbers hails from Sony Pictures TV, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly’s Timberman/Beverly and Michael Dinner. Cook and Dinner are writing the adaptation, with Dinner set to direct.

robbersDescribed as being in the literary-noir tradition of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men, Robbers tells the story of a cop, two “running buddies” on a crime spree across Texas, and the girl who becomes the complication in a very unique love triangle. Everyone has a story. Everyone is a mystery. Dinner, Beverly and Timberman executive produce, Cook serves as co-executive producer.

The style of Cook’s Robbers is said to be be evocative of Elmore Leonard, a fitting comparison as the new project reunites key auspices behind the FX drama Justified, based on a Leonard short story — executive producer/director Dinner, exec producers Timberman and Beverly and studio SonyImage (4) michaeldinner1.jpg for post 703766TV. Robbers originated at Sony where Timberman/Beverly was based before moving to CBS TV Studios in 2010. With Justified winding down, wrapping its six-season run earlier this year, Timberman, Beverly and Dinner looked for another project they could do together. Robbers quickly got off the ground once McGraw got attached.

Under Reilly and new TNT programming chief Sarah Aubrey, the network had been seeking edgier material for its drama slate. Robbers joins a slew of other drama pilots in the works, including Animal Kingdom, Home, Good Behavior and Will.