‘Criminal Minds’ Producer Bringing ‘The Seven Wonders’ to ABC

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:23 pm,

matthew reilly seven ancient wonders abc Criminal Minds Producer Bringing The Seven Wonders to ABC

Not to be outdone by the proposed Romancing the Stone series from NBC, rival network ABC has ordered a pilot for the globetrotting adventure series The Seven Wonders – based on the Jack West Jr. novels.

The books hale from Australian writer Mark Reilly, who published the first story in the series, Seven Ancient Wonders (also known as The Seven Deadly Wonders in the US) in 2005. Since then, Reilly has completed the series with The Six Sacred Stones in 2007 and The Five Greatest Warriors in 2009.

The television series is being sold as a mash up of Indiana Jones and the National Treasure films starring Nicholas Cage. However, for those not familiar with Jack West Jr. and his quest to bring together seven artifacts promising 1,000 years of peace and prosperity, even the more outlandish aspects of National Treasure pale in comparison to how out-of-bounds The Seven Wonders series may be willing to tread (depending on how close it sticks to the source material). For example: Jack West Jr. has a robotic arm filled with C4 explosives, and a falcon buddy.

Bionic enhancements and avian BFF’s aside, the main premise of the series focuses on the race to acquire the seven pieces of a capstone, formerly resting atop the Great Pyramid of Giza that can absorb the catastrophic energy from a sunspot, which occurs every 4,000 years or so. The capstone was divided up by Alexander the Great and placed in different locales across the globe – which is sort of like breaking up a pacemaker and spreading it around your house after surviving a heart attack.

indiana jones seven wonders abc Criminal Minds Producer Bringing The Seven Wonders to ABC

Will 'The Seven Wonders' be anything like Indian Jones?

Competing for these capstone fragments are three teams: One from Europe, representing the interests of the Catholic Church, the CIEF – or Commander-in-Chief’s Extremis Force (basically the Freemasons), and one led by Jack West Jr. – who, unlike the others, plans to use the capstone for the good of mankind, instead of personal gain.

Depending on what spin the series puts on the source material, The Seven Wonders will either end up as pulp-inspired goodness, or a snicker inducing mess.

Given that the project is being produced by film and television veteran Mark Gordon, who has had great success with shows like Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, as well was theatrical releases like Saving Private Ryan and this year’s sci-fi trip Source CodeThe Seven Wonders should not find it too difficult to attract an audience.

With The Seven Wonders joining Revenge, Missing (starring Ashley Judd) and Jerry Bruckheimer’s proposed Navy SEALs project, ABC may start calling itself the Adventure Broadcasting Company.

Look for more news as The Seven Wonders production gets underway.

Source: Deadline

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. You tooguys just made my day. What an incredible series. Read them all. Actually thought it would be a great trilogy since cliffhanger at end 7, 6, 5. Very “cinematic” but would think sets & VFX too expensive for TV. Thk God not SCYFY. Casting difficult….so important!

  2. Love the series. The schofield series as well. I heard he made a trailer for the contest a while back too. I may be lying.

  3. Would totally watch this! I love Matthew Reilly and this series especially. In general most of Matthew Reilly’s books read to me like a movie.

    Yeah the author’s name is Matthew not Mark -.-

  4. Cool I love those books. Especially the first one.

  5. If there is a robotic arm and a falcon, you can count me in.

  6. I was so excited to hear about this!! The Jack West Jr books are among my favorites of all time. Here’s hoping ABC doesn’t eff it up. 😀

  7. Criminal Minds is the kind the of show that anyone can enjoy.

  8. Love the capt Jack west Jr books! This has made my year! Casting is very crucial, as the actors must be believable in their roles. Too bad he’s a fictional character.

  9. please keep him AUSTRALIAN

  10. I’m Australian and to be honest, I much prefer the Scarecrow series. I actually think that while Scarecrow could work as both a tv & movie series Jack West Jr is better served as a movie/s.

    Anyway what is the latest on this? A year ago doesn’t sound promising but if it was not going ahead, I’m sure Matthew Reilly would have mentioned it on his website.

  11. love reilly and all his books. i have always recommended his books to others. can anyone tell whats the latest on this show? is it going ahead? eagerly waiting for this series.

  12. I love the Jack West Jr series and can’t wait to see it on tv. I wish he would write more of those!