11:22am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jerry Bruckheimer, Alloy Adapting Amazon Digital Novel 'Imitation' for NBC (Exclusive)
NBC and Jerry Bruckheimer are poised to play the imitation game.
The network has handed out a script commitment to Imitation, an adaptation of Heather Hildenbrand's digital novel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Published by Alloy Entertainment as part of its digital-first imprint with Amazon Publishing, the drama takes place in a world where human clones exist and the privileged elite use them to maintain their status. This secret and illegal operation thrives until a 24-year-old clone replaces her imperiled human and threatens to bring down everything her creators have built.
Ian Sobel and Matt Morgan (El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn) are on board to pen the adaptation for Alloy Entertainment, Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. Television. Sobel and Morgan will also co-executive produce, while Bruckheimer and his WBTV-based banner topper Jonathan Littman are on board to exec produce. Alloy's Leslie Morgenstein and Cheryl Dolins will exec produce for the company. Bruckheimer's KristieAnne Reed will also serve as a co-EP on the drama.
Imitation marks the first TV sale for Alloy as part of the company's imprint deal with Amazon that was announced in July. The pact gives Alloy (The Vampire Diaries) the ability to work with authors selected from the Amazon platform for further development and expansion into film, TV and digital formats. It represents the latest digital development incubator for the small screen as broadcast networks and studios alike look for new voices in an increasingly competitive TV landscape where established showrunners are juggling multiple shows and less interested in the broadcast marketplace.
The sale marks Bruckheimer's seventh so far this development season.