Fox has put in development hour-long paranormal drama Apparition. It centers on a successful New Orleans doctor who is reluctantly pulled into the world of paranormal investigation when she discovers a secret family history that awakens an ability to connect with the afterlife. She teams up with an uncle she never knew she had and a former TV ghost hunter to help troubled souls, dead and live, find peace in this life and the next. Albert Torres (Henry Poole Is Here) will write the script and executive produce with 3Arts’ Tom Lassally. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
A professional screenwriter since 2004, Apparition marks Torres’ first foray into television, His first spec screenplay became the 2008 film Henry Poole Is Here, starring Luke Wilson and directed by Mark Pellington. Last year, Torres adapted comic book series Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez for Alex Kurtzman and Universal. (An adaptation was previously attempted for TV by Fox which shot a pilot). Torres has several spec screenplays in development, including Capture, with David Goyer attached to direct and Lassally, Erwin Stoff, and Basil Iwanyk producing; and Ophelia, on which Torres has partnered with producer Lisa Bruce.
This is one of several paranormal-themed drama projects set in development this season. Eva Longoria, Jason Blum and Eric Winter have Zone Of Silence at NBC.
Torres is represented by CAA, Tom Lassally at 3Arts, and attorney Gretchen Rush at Hansen Jacobson.