February 05, 2014 5:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS Orders Wall Street Drama From EP John Cusack
CBS is poised to find its own Wolf of Wall Street, ordering a drama from executive producer John Cusack.
The untitled show is set in the world of Wall Street power and money and is based on an original story from Justified's Taylor Elmore, Ben Cavell, Cusack and Kevin McCabe. Elmore and Cavell penned the teleplay for the CBS Television Studios pilot, which will be executive produced by Justified's Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
Elmore most recently had Fox's Navy drama Wild Blue in the works last pilot season, but the project was pushed off-cycle and ultimately axed after the production had trouble casting and determining a viable filming location on an aircraft carrier.
Cusack's involvement comes a year after the actor was among those who had been attracting offers for big-swing drama pilots.
Additionally, the network has picked up an untitled family medical drama from Brothers & Sisters EP David Marshall Grant. The drama is described as a soapy medical show centered around quadruplets -- three brothers and a sister -- who grew up on a reality show. The pilot order comes more than a year after the drama was first put into development.
Grant will pen the project and executive produce alongside Timberman, Beverly, Arik Kneller, Avi Armoza, Tariq Jalil, David Garrett, Yona Wiesenthal, Eilon Ratzkovsky, Givora Yaholom and Oren Jakobi. The series is based on the Israeli format Ran Quartet, created by Yahalom and Jakobi. The original ran on Israeli satcaster Yes for two seasons.
This marks CBS' second attempt at bringing the drama to the U.S. The network previously tried during the 2009-10 season with a script created by Revenge's Mike Kelley and his brother, Chris Kelley, which went to pilot. CBS Television Studios, Timberman-Beverly, Yes and July-August will all produce the new incarnation.
This brings Timberman-Beverly's pilot haul to three so far this season. The CBS Television Studios-based duo also received a 12-episode, straight-to-series order from ABC for an untitled drama from Oscar fixture David O. Russell.
Wednesday's two pickups bring CBS' drama pilot haul to seven, plus its straight-to-series pickup for Vince Gilligan's Battle Creek. The network last year ordered 11 drama pilots.