After landing a series order at NBC for Midnight, Texas, inspired by the books by best-selling author Charlaine Harris, producer David Janollari has set up another project at the network based on Harris’ literary works. Redliners, which will be written by Emerald City executive producer Shaun Cassidy and comic creator Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), is based on short stories by Harris, whose books also inspired HBO’s hit vampire drama True Blood.
In the tone of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Redliners mixes humor, romance and espionage. It follows a pair of former spies living in suburbia who are reactivated when a failed hit on one of them leaves the assassin dead. Thrust back into the world of high-stakes espionage, the two find their secret lives bleeding into their suburban ones, as they begin to apply the life-and-death techniques of spycraft to the problems of an ordinary world.
As in all of Harris’ work, her sense of character and dark humor turn the genre on its head.
Cassidy, DeConnick and Janollari will executive produce through Universal TV and studio-based David Janollari Entertainment. Cassidy has been under an overall deal at Uni TV, as has been DeConnick, alongside her husband, fellow comic book writer Matt Fraction. DeConnick and Fraction have re-upped their deal with the studio for their company Milkfed Criminal Masterminds for another two years.
The supernatural drama Midnight, Texas, from Uni TV and David Janollari Entertainment, is in production for a midseason launch.
DeConick is repped by Rothman Brecher and attorney Shep Rosenman. The Invasion creator Cassidy is repped by CAA. Harris is repped by APA.