11:31am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox Updating King Arthur as Police Procedural Drama 'Camelot' (Exclusive)
Fox is looking to put a new spin on King Arthur.
The network is teaming with The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley to develop Camelot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama, which landed at Fox in a competitive situation with a script plus penalty commitment, reimagines the legendary stories of King Arthur in a police procedural. When an ancient magic reawakens in modern-day Manhattan, a graffiti artist named Art must team with his best friend Lance and his ex, Gwen — an idealistic cop — in order to realize his destiny and fight back against the evil forces that threaten the city.
Dan Frey and Ru Sommer (Black List feature script Bleeding Kansas, Fox's Saint Patrick) created the project and will pen the script as well as executive produce alongside Berman and former Fox COO Earley.
The effort marks the return for Earley to the network after the executive's October 2015 departure following a 21-year run. Three months later, he reunited with former Fox entertainment president Berman — with whom he worked from 2000 to 2005 — as president of Berman's The Jackal Group.
Camelot marks The Jackal Group's third project in the works at Fox, joining the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show reboot and comedy Mattress World from Jay Lacopo, which is in development.
Frey and Sommer are repped by Verve, Madhouse Entertainment and Myman Greenspan.
Familiar IP continues to be in high demand as broadcast networks, cable and streaming services look to cut through a cluttered landscape featuring more than 400 original scripted series. For its part, Fox has found success with its twist on Sleepy Hollow, among other IP.