Jeffrey Bell is 'Harper's' showrunner

Serialized horror drama from CBS Paramount

Jeffrey Bell has been tapped executive producer/showrunner on CBS' midseason series "Harper's Island," which is being retooled.

The serialized horror drama, from CBS Paramount, is described as "Scream" meets "10 Little Indians" and revolves around a group of friends who are terrorized when they meet on an island off the Seattle coast for a destination wedding.

Ari Schlossberg penned the pilot presentation, which was directed by Jon Turteltaub.

Bell will now write the first episode and run the series. He will executive produce alongside Turteltaub.

Schlossberg, Karim Zriek and Dan Shotz serve as co-exec producers.

Recasting on the project is expected.

Post-upfront tweaks are common practice, especially when a project was shot as a presentation and requires the filming of a new first episode.

Last year, another new CBS drama series picked up from a presentation, "Moonlight," also was retooled, and all principal actors from the presentation were recast except the lead, Alex O'Loughlin.

Bell ("Alias," "Angel") is repped by CAA and attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie.
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