Showtime has put in development The City, a dark medical drama project executive produced by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza).
The idea for The City originated with Fuqua, who then brought the project to Jones. The Black Box creator in turn brought in Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, who had worked on her ABC medical drama series in a research/consulting capacity, to co-write the script with her.
The City centers on an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day of residency under the supervision of a senior resident who appears tough and brilliant, but turns out to be a cunning and deadly psychopath. The project’s take on the medical drama genre is being compared to what The Shield did for police procedurals.
Fuqua and Jones executive produce with 3 Arts’ Oly Obst. Schore and Sethi co-executive produce. David Boorstein, President of TV at Fuqua Films, will oversee for the company.
Fuqua, who is directing The Magnificent Seven remake, also is executive producing CBS’ Training Day series and is directing and executive producing the Audience network drama series Ice. He is repped by CAA.
This past season, Jones had a high-profile drama project with Matt Nix at CBS, whose pilot order was derailed by co-production issues. Jones is repped by WME and 3 Arts.
Sethi, a Harvard-trained physician, and Schore, who worked as a development executive, are writers on CBS’ medical drama Code Black. They recently sold a spec feature to Entertainment One in a competitive situation. The team is repped by ICM Partners and Stagecoach Management.
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