11:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Chicago Fire' Creators Ink Overall Deal With Universal TV
As Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise eyes another expansion, Universal Television is continuing its relationship with the two men that started it all.
Chicago Fire creators Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have signed a multiyear overall deal with the studio behind the NBC trilogy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the pact, Brandt and Haas will continue to executive produce Chicago Fire, as well as spinoffs Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. They also are attached as executive producers on the forthcoming Chicago Justice back-door pilot, which will air as episode 21 of Chicago P.D.'s third season in May.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med have all been renewed for the 2016-17 season, the last of which was picked up as part of Wolf's massive overall deal with Universal TV, which runs through 2020.
The deal is no surprise, given the importance of the Chicago franchise to Universal TV, and more notably NBC. The series has expanded at a breakneck pace — Chicago Fire is going into its fifth season in the fall — and has become a crucial cornerstone of the network's lineup, particularly the heavily promoted crossover events between the various series and Wolf's other NBC drama, Law & Order: SVU.
Prior to teaming with Wolf on Chicago Fire, longtime writing partners Brandt and Haas mainly worked as feature scribes. Their film credits include 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted and 2 Fast 2 Furious. They are also writers and producers on the upcoming Scott Eastwood vehicle Overdrive, which is currently filming.
Brandt and Haas are repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.