As he heads into Emmy weekend where he hopes to repeat his 24 success with hot new Showtime drama Homeland, Howard Gordon has sold the fourth project through Teakwood Lane, the 20th Century Fox TV-based production company he launched in July.
Action thriller Vigilant, written by Max Landis (Chronicle), which went to Fox in a script deal with penalty, is a “superhero” origin story told through the unlikely POV of a brilliant 20-year old woman who is also a social outcast. After an honorable veteran detective is brutally coerced into working for the corrupt head of Internal Affairs, the detective’s daughter plans her revenge by meticulously constructing a fictional vigilante persona to take on the criminal elements within the police department and the city. Gordon, Landis and Teakwood’s Hugh Fitzpatrick executive produce.
Next week will mark the two-month anniversary of Teakwood Lane, which has already sold four projects. Vigilant joins an untitled adventure drama penned by Shaun Cassidy, which is a put pilot at Fox; legal drama Ritter at NBC with fellow Homeland executive producer Alex Cary, an adaptation of a hit Icelandic series; and an untitled futuristic thriller for NBC with writer Josh Friedman, which received a script commitment with significant penalty attached.
On Sunday, Gordon is aiming at his second best drama series Emmy for Homeland, having won one as showrunner of 24 in 2006· He is also nominated for co-writing the pilot for the Showtime drama with Gideon Raff and Alex Gansa. Gordon is with WME.
- Max Landis