Cinemax has given a straight-to-series order to drama Jett, from Snakes on a Plane and Gothika scribe Sebastian Gutierrez, with Carla Gugino attached to star and executive produce.

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Written by Gutierrez, in Jett, fresh out of prison, world-class thief Daisy ”Jett” Kowalski  (Gugino) is forced back into doing what she does best by dangerous and eccentric criminals determined to exploit her skills for their own ends.

Gugino’s Daisy “Jett” Kowalski is an intensely practical and self-reliant thief, an unsentimental woman of action. With the birth of her daughter, Jett planned to put her career in crime behind her, only to find herself drawn into doing one last job.

Jett is produced by Global Road Entertainment for Cinemax. Gutierrez executive produces and directs. Mark Stern, Stuart Ford and Dana Brunetti also executive produce. Stacey Levin is co-executive producer. Kathy Landsberg is line producer.

Jett is part of Cinemax’s recallibrated strategy as a destination for fun, mostly action-packed, original programming. It joins co-productions Strike Back, Rellik and C.B. Strike as well as Warrior, the first homegrown tentpole drama for the new Cinemax.

Gugino most recently starred in Elizabeth Harvest, directed by Gutierrez, that premiered this year at SXSW, and before that Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game for Netflix. On TV, Gugino has had starring roles in Wayward Pines and Cameron Crowe’s Roadies.

Venezuelan writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez’s credits include Judas Kiss, Women in Trouble, Elektra Lux , Gothika and Snakes on a Plane. He also wrote and directed one of the first motion pictures made expressly for internet distribution, YouTube’s Girl Walks Into a Bar. Elizabeth Harvest is the fourth movie he has premiered at SXSW.

Gugino is repped by Untitled Entertainment and CAA. Gutierrez is repped by Paradigm and Morris Yorn