1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Chuck' Creators Adapting 'Midnighters' Book Trilogy for Fox
Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak has found his next gig.
The writer/executive producer will adapt Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters book series for Fox alongside fellow Chuck co-creator Josh Schwartz for Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire shingle, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Westerfeld's Midnighters trilogy -- consisting of The Secret Hour, Touching Darkness and Blue Noon -- was first published in 2004 revolves around a 15-year-old girl named Jessica Day who learns that she's a "Midnighter" and able to access "Blue Time," the 25th hour of the day.
The Fox adaptation, which received a script order at the network, is a dramatic take that revolves around a small group of people who are all born at the stroke of midnight who have access to the 25th hour of the day.
Fedak will pen the script and executive produce alongside Fake Empire's Scwhartz, Savage and Len Goldstein, with Alloy's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo also on board the Warner Bros. Television effort.
The sale brings to five the number of sales for Fake Empire thus far this development season. The shingle previously sold supernatural drama Copeland Prep to the CW and family comedy Losing Our Cool to Fox. Schwartz will also write and exec produce with Chuck's Matthew Miller an untitled legal drama as well as exec produce crime drama Wrongful Death, both of which are set up at ABC.
Schwartz and Savage are behind four series on the CW: the final season of Gossip Girl, second-year drama Hart of Dixie and freshman entries The Carrie Diaries and Cult.
Warner Bros. TV acquired Alloy -- the producer behind Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars, among others -- in June.
Chuck wrapped its five-season run on NBC in January. Fedak is repped by WME, UFUSE Management and Bloom Hergott. Schwartz and Savage are with WME and McKuin Frankel.