11:38am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Castle' EP, ABC Developing David Blaine Thriller (Exclusive)
ABC is looking for a little magic.
The network has picked up drama project In Like Fin from Castle producer Alexi Hawley and My Generation’s Warren Littlefield.
Based on David Blaine, the project revolves around Fin, an illusionist who is pulled into action in a covert government sting.
Hawley will pen the drama and executive produce, with Littlefield attached as a nonwriting EP. Blaine is not attached to the project.
Endurance artist Blaine, dubbed the modern-day Houdini, is best known for his high-profile illusions. In 1999, he was been buried alive in a plastic coffin underneath a three-ton water-filled tank for seven days across from Trump Place. He’s also been encased in a huge block of ice in Times Square for 63 hours.
ABC aired Blaine’s first TV special, David Blaine: Street Magic, in 1997.
Finis the latest in a string of projects from Castle executive producers. Laurie Zaks and Moira Kirland are developing The Murder Season, an hourlong drama set up at ABC. Zaks also is attached to The Lockharts, an hourlong musical drama set in the 1970s from Make It Or Break It scribes Michael Gans and Richard Register, which also is set up at ABC.
Littlefield, meanwhile, is executive producing ABC’s untitled time-travel project with writer Scott Veach. He’s also co-writing Showtime’s adaptation of the Oni Press comic The Damned.
Hawley is repped by CAA, Managemint and Hansen Jacobson. Littlefield’s credits also include Love, Inc., and Keen Eddie. He’s also repped by CAA.