NBC has kicked off its pilot season orders with green lights to two dramas, Prism, from Daniel and Ben Barnz’s We’re Not Brothers Productions, Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz and Bluff City Law (working title) from The Brave creator Dean Georgaris, David Janollari (Midnight, Texas) and Michael Aguilar (Kidding). Universal Studios is the studio for both.
For the second time in three years, Georgaris has the chance to land two pilot orders in the same cycle as he also has high-profile romantic comedy project, The Baker and the Beauty, which has a put pilot commitment at ABC. In 2017, he had two pilots, The Brave and Las Reinas, one of which, The Brave, went to series.
Written by Daniel Barnz, who also directs, Prism is inspired by Rashomon, the 1950 Japanese period psychological thriller directed by Akira Kurosawa. Prism is described as a provocative exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking is the right person on trial? Driven by an ensemble of complicated characters, the show lets the audience ask if truth matters less than who can tell the most compelling story.
Daniel Barnz and Ben Barnz executive produce along with Mendelsohn and Weitz. Universal TV produces in association with We’re Not Brothers and Carol Mendelsohn Prods.
Kurosawa’s Rashomon uses a plot device that became known as the Rashomon Effect, which involves various characters providing contradictory interpretations of the same incident.
Written by Georgaris, Bluff City Law (wt) is a character-driven legal drama that follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis law firm that specializes in the most controversial landmark civil rights cases. Led by legendary lawyer Elijah Strait and his brilliant daughter, Sydney Keller, they take on the toughest David-and-Goliath cases while navigating their complicated relationship.
Georgaris executive produces with Janollari and Aguilar. Universal TV produces with studio-based David Janollari Entertainment.
Georgaris, who has extensive feature credits, including Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, recently worked on breakout hit The Meg.
We’re Not Brothers is currently developing an hourlong drama with Lena Dunham for HBO and is collaborating with Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Macro on a feature adaptation of the story of Ryan Wash, an openly gay black debate champion.