NBC to scale Canadian 'Mountain'

Close to a greenlight on backdoor pilot

NBC is heading for "The Mountain."

The network is close to greenlighting a two-hour movie/backdoor pilot from Canadian production company Muse Entertainment.

The project, slated to begin shooting Oct. 21 in Montreal and Magog, Quebec, centers on a single mom with three kids who inherits a property from a supposedly dead uncle. During an impromptu visit there, they discover a treasure trove of history.

Michael Prupas and Jeff Grant are executive producing, with Joel Rice and Irene Litensky producing. Doug Barr is on board to direct.

Muse is known for such big-budget action-adventure miniseries as "The Last Templar" and "Impact," which aired this year on NBC and ABC, respectively, and ABC's upcoming "Ben-Hur."

In the past couple of years, the U.S. broadcast nets have been looking north for lower-license-fee acquisitions of drama series, including "Flashpoint" and the upcoming "The Bridge" on CBS, "The Listener" on NBC and "The Copper" on ABC.

Last year, ABC teamed with Canadian broadcaster CBC at the pilot stage of comedy "18 to Life," which didn't make the cut in the U.S. but was picked up to series by CBC.

"Mountain" is being shopped, but no broadcasters other than NBC have lined up yet.

Etan Vlessing in Toronto contributed to this report.
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