9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Walking Dead,' 'Fargo' Creators Team for FX Crime Drama
FX is getting into the crime business.
The basic cable network is teaming with the creators of The Walking Dead and Fargo to develop crime drama The Mastermind.
Based on the series of founder Evan Ratliff's investigative stories from longform nonfiction publishing platform Atavist Magazine, The Mastermind revolves around Paul Le Roux, a former programmer and criminal cartel boss-turned-Drug Enforcement Administration informant.
Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Winter Soldier) will exec produce and direct the drama, which is currently in development. Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley and his FX Productions-based 26 Keys banner will also exec produce. The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment will also exec produce with Dave Alpert also on board.
The deal brings Kirkman to FX, which is among the networks that passed on The Walking Dead before AMC scooped up the zombie drama.
The project joins a growing TV slate for Kirkman and Skybound, which also have Fear the Walking Dead, the Talking Dead franchise, Cinemax's Outcast and more.