In a competitive situation, Manhunt, a half-hour series project from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon, Black List writer Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl) and Life In Pieces executive producer Aaron Kaplan, has landed at Showtime for development. I hear the pitch, from Sony TV where Caspe and Gordon are under overall deals, has received a production commitment.
Written by Caspe and Cahan — who are lifelong friends, having grown up together in the Midwest — and to be directed by Gordon, Manhunt is an action comedy two-hander.
Caspe, who will serve as showrunner, executive produces with Cahan, Gordon and Kaplan. The project was based on an idea by Kaplan. He pitched it to Gordon who, in turn, reached out to Caspe and Cahan. Gordon, Caspe and Cahan worked together on the NBC comedy series Marry Me, which Caspe created and executive produced. Gordon directed the pilot and several other episodes, while Cahan was a supervising producer in his first TV writing gig.
Caspe, who is producing through Shark vs. Bear, his company with Ian Durney, currently is developing feature Ladies Night with Skydance.
Gordon is directing the feature Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson. In TV, he executive produces ABC’s The Goldbergs and directed the drama pilot Sneaky Pete at Amazon. Through his production company Exhibit A with Mary Rohlich, he is currently executive producing the ABC/Sony TV comedy pilot Hail Mary.
Caspe and Gordon are repped by WME. Gordon is managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Cahan is repped by UTA, Christie Smith at Rise Management, and attorney Stephen Clark.