Oscar-winner Geena Davis is returning to the small screen in a new TV series from Leverage writer-producer Amy Berg and co-showrunner Dean Devlin. The newly-greenlit pilot is based upon the real-life example of sexagenarian bail bondswoman and bounty hunter Mackenzie Green.
TNT has given the go-ahead to the tentatively-untitled pilot, not so long after the network decided to end Leverage following a five-season run. Devlin is directing from the script co-penned by Berg and Scott Prendergast (Wilfred); if the show is picked up, then Berg and Devlin will share showrunner duties, with the latter also producing through his Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts.
Davis has mostly kept a low-profile since her role as President Mackenzie Allen on ABC's Commander in Chief back in 2005-06, though she was a key player in A&E's Coma mini-series event last year. She appeared in many noteworthy titles back in the 1980s and '90s, including David Cronenberg's The Fly, Beetlejuice, Earth Girls Are Easy, The Accidental Tourist (which snagged her the Academy Award), Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Stuart Little; not to mention, her role in the infamous 1995 swashbuckler box office bomb, Cutthroat Island.
Here's a description of Davis' bounty hunter TV show pilot:
The dramatic and quirky project casts Davis as an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business.
The soon-to-be 57-year old Davis is a good age match for a character inspired by Green; though, not surprisingly, the latter has more of an ordinary (and physically-unintimidating) appearance, compared to the 6-foot tall former fashion model and Olympic archery team semi-finalist who's essentially playing her on television.
You can check out Green in action by watching the clip below:
More on Devlin and Berg's TV show (including, the official title) as the story develops.
Source: TNT [via Deadline]