USA Network has given a pilot order to The Sinner, a crime thriller executive produced by and starring Jessica Biel (The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea). This marks Biel’s return to series television in a regular role for the first time since she exited 7th Heaven at the end of Season 10 in 2006.
Created and written by Derek Simonds (The Astronauts Wives Club) based on Petra Hammesfahr’s book of the same name, the project is being produced by Universal Cable Prods. Antonio Campos (Simon Killer) will direct the pilot. Biel is executive producing with her producing partner Michelle Purple through their company Iron Ocean Films, alongside Simonds and Campos.
In The Sinner, overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, a young mother (Biel) commits a startling and very public act of violence – and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the who or the what – but the why. A rogue investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive, and together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past.
The Sinner is the third pilot to be picked up off of the network’s 2016-2017 slate. USA recently announced pilot pickups for Damnation, from executive producers Tony Tost, James Mangold, Guymon Casady and Daniel Rappaport; and The Tap, from executive producers Andrew Lenchewski, Rob Reiner, Alan Greisman and Charlie Ebersol. Both projects also hail from Universal Cable Productions.