5:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Narcos' Showrunner Chris Brancato Exits for ABC Studios Deal
There's a change at the top of Netflix's upcoming drug cartel drama Narcos.
Showrunner Chris Brancato will exit the Pablo Escobar drama and segue to ABC's Of Kings and Prophets under a two-year overall deal (with an option for a third) with producers ABC Studios.
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Brancato joined Narcos midway through production on season one and was credited as a co-creator. With production in Colombia wrapped on season one, Brancato will continue to be credited as a co-creator on Narcos, which is ramping up its writers room in anticipation of an expected second-season renewal. Adam Fierro (The Shield, The Walking Dead) will take over as showrunner on the drama from Gaumont International Television, which is set to bow this year.
Brancato, meanwhile, will oversee ABC's Biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, which is gearing up for a potential series order, with the network already ordering additional scripts of the drama.
Of Kings and Prophets is an epic saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king (Ray Winstone), a powerful and resentful prophet, and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
From ABC Studios, Exodus' Adam Cooper and Bill Collage will pen the script and exec-produce alongside Jason Reed, Reza Aslan, Mahyad Tousi and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the latter of whom will direct the pilot.
Brancato, whose credits also include Hannibal, is repped by WME and Bloom Hergott. Fierro is with ICM Partners and Myman Greenspan.
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