September 12, 2011 2:12pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
TNT, Michael Ovitz Developing Tom Clancy's 'Homeland Security'
Michael Ovitz is taking another stab at the television business, developing Tom Clancy’s Homeland Security
The project, a procedural revolving around a team of domestic intelligence operatives who battle enemies at home and abroad, would be written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Clancy and Chris George.
Ovitz is on board to executive produce the project, which should it move forward, would be the former Walt Disney Co. topper and CAA co-founder’s first television on-screen credit.
Grillo-Marxuach (Lost), George and Clancy would executive produce Homeland Security alongside Ovitz. TNT Productions will produce the project.
Homeland Security marks a rare television effort for Clancy, whose big-screen efforts have included adaptations of The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears.
The first book in Clancy’s NetForce series was adapted as a telefilm with Scott Bakula in 1999.
TNT also is developing a drama project from CSI’s Carol Mendelsohn based on Susannah Charleson’s Scent of the Missing.
The cable network’s development slate also includes a reality series from Mark Burnett and drama project H.I.K.E., co-written by Forest Whitaker, among other projects.