July 24, 2012 9:05am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TNT, Ex-'Suits' Showrunner Developing Military Drama 'React' (Exclusive)
TNT is ready to go to war.
The Turner-owned cable network is developing React with the producer, director and editor of Relativity Media's feature Act of Valor, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Former Suits showrunner Sean Jablonski will pen the script for React, with Barry Josephson (Bones) attached to produce the original effort. Scott Waugh, who handled producing, editing and directing duties on the feature, is on board to produce and helm the pilot along with some of his Bandito Brothers partners should the project move forward. For Jablonski, the project marks the latest effort following USA Network's Suits, which he departed in August ahead of its second season.
Act of Valor, released in February, stars Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Emilio Rivera and a cadre of U.S. Navy SEALs and Navy Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen who embark on a special mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. The film has grossed more than $80 million worldwide and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for best action film.
Sources tell THR that TNT became interested in exploring the military realm after the release of Relativity's film. React is described as revolving around a secret black ops task force and is grounded in reality. At TNT, React would join a development slate that features seven dramas including entries from Steven Bochco, Dick Wolf and Matthew McConaughey, among others. The network currently has Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir pilot awaiting a decision on its future.
Jablonski is repped by WME, Underground and attorney Diane F. Krausz.
Editors note: THR's earlier report indicated TNT's project was officially linked to Act of Valor. The network has since clarified that React is not officially connected to the film.