Chicago Fire executive producer-director Joe Chappelle has signed an overall with the companies behind the successful NBC drama series, Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films and Universal TV. Chappelle has emerged as one of the key auspices of the Chicago Fire franchise. He has served as executive producer and director on the mothership series since its launch. He directed the Chicago Fire episode that served as a planted pilot for spinoff Chicago P.D. as well as this week’s episode of Chicago Fire, which introduced another potential spinoff, Chicago Med. Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. already have been renewed for next season, with Chicago Med looking very promising for a series pickup after its Chicago Fire episode logged solid ratings.
Chappelle previously was a co-executive producer/director on HBO drama The Wire and also served as a director on CSI: Miami, helming the series’ first episode and a total of 26 hours. Additioally, Chappelle, repped by Paul Alan Smith of ESA, was executive producer/director for Fox’s Bad Robot-produced drama Fringe and helmed several genre movies as part of an overall deal with Dimension Films.