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Fox Developing Martial Arts Drama From 'Gang Related' Duo
Fox is putting a martial arts spin on the legal procedural.
The network is teaming with Gang Related's Robert Munic and Chris Morgan for an untitled martial arts drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama is described as a fun, action-packed procedural and centers on two estranged brothers — one a former Marine-turned-Shaolin master, and the other a showboating, all-swagger Chicago cop — who come together in their hometown to form an unlikely law enforcement partnership.
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Munic, who created A&E's The Cleaner and currently serves as a co-EP on TNT's Murder in the First, will pen the script and exec produce alongside Gang Related creator Morgan. The drama hails from 20th Century Fox Television, where Morgan and his Chris Morgan Productions banner is under an overall deal. Chris Morgan Productions topper Ainsley Davies will also exec produce. Morgan and Munic previously teamed on Fox's one-and-done summer drama Gang Related, where Munic was a consulting producer.
The project comes two months after Fox canceled Gang Related, which came close to a second-season pickup as the studio mulled moving the show's filming location from Los Angeles to either North Carolina, Austin or Chicago in a bid to trim costs.
Munic is currently writing a biopic about Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom for Wonderland Sound and Vison and Crystal City, as well as the feature Double Take for Michael London with Katie Jacobs set to direct. He's represented by Verve, Management 360 and attorney David Fox.
The untitled martial arts drama marks Morgan's third sale this development season, with Greg Russo's Chop Chop and Patrick Aison's Disciple both also set up at Fox.
Morgan is repped by ICM Partners and McKuin Frankel.
The Munic-Morgan drama arrives as AMC is plotting its own martial arts series with Badlands.