'24' Team Plots Presidential Drama at Fox

Howard Gordon, co-creator of Homeland
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Gordon, a New York-born writer, producer and novelist, was the ideal fit to adapt Homeland given his lengthy stint as showrunner on post-9/11 drama 24 and his passion for global politics. Now, with expectations sky high and rival networks feverishly developing copycats, the proverbial ante has been upped, a point that isn’t lost on Gansa and Gordon. “The higher you are propped up, the further you have to fall, so you have to detach as best you can,” says Gordon.

After reviving 24, the producers are reteaming for a drama entirely about the president of the United States.

Fox has handed out a script commitment to POTUS, a drama from 24's Howard Gordon, Many Coto and Evan Katz, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

POTUS is described as a topical and high-intensity drama that follows an American president frustrated with politics as usual who decides to play by his own rules. Part wish-fulfillment and part cautionary tale, the drama tells the story of a man with good intensions who ultimately becomes corrupted by power.

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Sleepy Hollow duo Sam Chalsen and Nelson Greaves will pen the script and co-executive produce the 20th Century Fox Television drama. Gordon, via his 20th-based Teakwood Lane banner, will exec produce alongside Coto and Katz, who will supervise.

POTUS marks Teakwood's fourth sale this development season and second at Fox, which also has the company's Rand Ravich take on Frankenstein. Teakwood also has Human Resources at NBC and Midnight Mission at CBS.

On the series side, Teakwood is behind Showtime's Homeland, TNT's Legends, FX's Tyrant andFox's 24 reboot — which still may have life left in the franchise.

Gordon is repped by WME and attorney Michael Gendler. Chalsen and Greaves are with WME and Kaplan/Perrone.

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