If writers and directors are stars, then this is one star-studded new project. A science fiction pilot from five well-known writers, directors and producers is in the works at ABC. Ex-Comm will be a mix of The X-Files and The West Wing, combining sci-fi action and political intrigue.
With that many chiefs in the teepee, there's a pretty well-established division of labor even now: Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) will direct the pilot for Ex-Comm, Michael Dougherty (X2, Superman Returns) and Seth Green (Robot Chicken) will write, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek reboot, Fringe, Transformers) will produce.
So what will the new series be about? Ex-Comm follows a modern-day U.S. President and his "Executive Committee", a special team of elite scientists and law enforcement officials tasked with protecting the country from all the crazy threats and creatures that conspiracy theorists shout about - which, naturally, are actually real. Imagine if the president from Independence Day set up his own personal Special Forces for paranormal threats, and you're probably getting close.
The story goes that Dougherty and Green had the original idea, which they brought to K/O Paper Products, Kurtzman and Orci's production company. At this point Favreau found out about the project while the three of them were working on Cowboys and Aliens, and the rest might soon be history. 20th Century Fox TV will be producing the pilot in conjunction with K/O Paper Prroducts, with Stoopid Monkey's Matthew Senreich along for the ride. All six men will share an executive producer title.
The combination seems to be a perfect storm for an action-sci-fi show with comedic tendencies. While the project is still in early production, the penalties usually associated with put-pilots means that Ex-Comm stands a very good chance of making it onto ABC's broadcast schedule eventually. Favreau and Green's acting backgrounds indicate that they might appear on the show itself, though considering their existing duties, they'd likely be in small roles.
Jon Favreau has been making a concentrated shift back towards television after years of well-received kids' movies and comic book-to-film adaptations. Reportedly, he's aiming to stay in the Los Angeles area to be able to spend more time with his growing family.
Though it's still a long way out, expect Ex-Comm to be making a lot of headlines in the next few months as plot and casting details come out.
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Source: Deadline Hollywood
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