Chad Hodge, Amblin Team for 'Abandon' Adaptation at USA (Exclusive)

Abandon Book Cover Chad Hodge - P 2014

Abandon Book Cover Chad Hodge - P 2014

Chad Hodge is reteaming with Blake Crouch to adapt a second of the author's books for TV.

The Wayward Pines showrunner has signed on to adapt Crouch's 2013 thriller Abandon for USA Network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The project, which is in development, hails from red-hot Amblin Television and landed at USA in a competitive situation with a significant penalty attached.

Abandon straddles two time periods and centers on a group of explorers who set out to uncover the mysteries of Abandon, a small mining town deep in the mountains of Colorado whose entire population disappeared on Christmas Eve more than a century ago. However, the eclectic crew is quick to discover that the town may not be as empty as they originally believed.  

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Hodge, who adapted Crouch's Pines trilogy as Fox's upcoming limited series Wayward Pines, penned the script on spec alongside Crouch. The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions and Amblin TV. Hodge, Crouch and Amblin's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will executive produce Abandon.

For Amblin, the sale continues the banner's busy development season that has included TNT pilot Lumen, Fox's Minority Report revival and A&E's adaptation of Mexican drama Nino Santo. The banner currently has seven series on five different networks: ABC's midseason drama The Whispers, CBS' summer duo Under the Dome and Extant, FX's The Americans, TNT's Falling Skies and upcoming Public Morals as well as Fox's fall debut Red Band Society.

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For Hodge, Abandon marks The Playboy Club alum's latest TV project. He previously had a modern-day procedural version of Alice in Wonderland set up at The CW as well as a comedy based on Miranda Lambert's life at NBC. He next has Wayward Pines due at Fox, though the limited series from EP M. Night Shyamalan remains unscheduled. He's repped by WME.

Abandon comes as USA is exploring more sci-fi fare with pilots Mr. Robotand Colony. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network this week ordered to pilot an adaptation of telenovela Queen of the Southand also has Mideast drama Stanistan, starring Jennifer Carpenter,in the works.

Abandon arrives as ABC has found success with the similarly themed drama Resurrection and as A&E prepared to reboot French drama The Returned.

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