'300' writer sells surveillance project to NBC
EXCLUSIVE: 'ECHELON' inspired by eavesdropping program"300" writer Michael Gordon has sold a spooky surveillance project to NBC.
The network has picked up "ECHELON" from Gordon and Imagine Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV.
The idea was spawned by the controversial U.S electronic eavesdropping apparatus ECHELON, a program that supposedly captures virtually all data signals for analysis at a central hub in West Virginia.
These millions of video, audio and data files are then disseminated to various federal and local law enforcement agencies for further investigation.
Now here's the twist from the show's logline: "There is, however, less than one% of the data that nobody wants to touch. These are the classified video files that seem to have captured the unexplainable."
The show will center on a fictional team called G.H.O.S.T. (Global Hierarchical Observation Strategy Taskforce) whose assignment it is to investigate this paranormal data.
Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will executive producers on the project, with Gordon also executive producing.
The move follows NBC picking up a comedy script from former co-chair Ben Silverman titled "Party People," J.J. Abrams' "Odd Jobs" project starring former "Lost" co-stars Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn and a comedy project from Jack Black about a man who conducts lifestyle experiments.