Written by Caron, Black Book is about a Chicago detective with amnesia from a near-fatal gunshot who learns he is a murder suspect, but realizes things may not be what they seem when he finds a mysterious black book that contains the secrets of the city. The novel is set to be published in 2017 by Little, Brown & Company.
Caron will serve as showrunner and will executive produce Black Book alongside James Patterson Entertainment’s Patterson, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout as well as Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. CBS TV Studios, where JPE has a first-look deal, is the studio.
Moonlighting creator Caron was recently under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV where he served as executive producer on the FX drama Tyrant. Before that, he spent more than two decades at CBS TV Studios and predecessor Paramount Network TV. There he created and executive produced the NBC drama Medium, which ended up its run on CBS, and the praised but short-lived CBS series Now and Again. He is repped by WME, 3Arts and Ziffren Brittenham.
Black Book joins another high-profile CBS drama sale for JPE this season, Dr. Death, based on Patterson’s upcoming book, which has The Good Wife standout Alan Cumming attached to star and executive produce. Former Royal Pains showrunner Michael Rauch is writing/exec producing and Alex Kurtzman also is exec producing.