Fox’s drama pilot APB starring Justin Kirk is undergoing a creative overhaul. Production on the pilot, directed by Len Wiseman, has been shut down temporarily, and Burn Notice creator Matt Nix has been brought in as writer-showrunner. He replaces the project’s creator-writer David Slack, who has departed over creative differences.
Nix is currently rewriting the pilot script. Filming on the pilot, which was suspended earlier this week, is slated to resume Monday in Chicago. Given the extensive reworking of the script, reshoots are expected. For Nix, the assignment stems from his overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, which is producing the project.
Inspired by the July New York Times Magazine article “Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans,” APB explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire, Gideon Reed (Kirk), purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder. Natalie Martinez and Ernie Hudson co-star.
Nix is executive producing the pilot with Wiseman, who remains the director. Also executive producing the project are David Bernardi, Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman and Robert Friedman.