'The Bone Collector' Reboot in the Works at NBC

VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli are writing the take on the 1997 crime novel and subsequent feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
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Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in 'The Bone Collector.'

NBC is looking to The Bone Collector to be its next procedural.

The network has handed out a premium script order (on the higher side of a standard script deal) for the adaptation of author Jeffery Deaver's 1997 novel and its subsequent feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

Based on the best-selling book series and movie of the same name, NBC's take follows Lincoln Rhyme (originally played by Washington), a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job. When a harrowing case brings him back to the force, Rhyme partners up with an ambitious young detective, Amelia Sachs (Jolie in the feature), to take down some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S. 

VJ Boyd (Justified, SWAT) and Mark Bianculli will pen the script and exec produce the drama, which is a co-production between Universal Television (whose Universal Pictures distributed the feature) and Sony Pictures Television. Keshet Studios' Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan will exec produce.

Following the breakout success of the first novel, The Bone Collector became a franchise, with 10 subsequent novels in the series. The 11th and most recent book, The Skin Collector, was published in 2014.

The development deal arrives as broadcast, cable, premium networks and streaming services have put an increased value on properties that could become franchises and deliver multiple potential spinoffs as competition for IP and eyeballs in the so-called Peak TV era continues to intensify.

WME brokered the deal.