Dean Koontz's 'Strangers' in Development as Fox Drama Series

Former 'Teen Wolf' showrunner Jeff Davis is adapting the 1986 novel for Sony and Fox.
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Fox is developing a drama series based on Dean Koontz's novel Strangers, with former Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis writing the pilot.

The project, a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and Fox, has a script plus penalty commitment. Davis, who also created Criminal Minds, and Koontz are executive producing with Josh Berman (via his Osprey Productions) and Chris King.

Strangers, first published in 1986, tells the story of several people from different walks of life — a former Marine, a novelist, a surgeon, a priest — who find themselves struck by unusual fears and sudden phobias. They're connected by a forgotten trauma, but as repressed memories begin to surface, they're led to a small motel in the Nevada desert that hides a dark, potentially world-changing secret.

Davis is repped by WME, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Jackoway Tyerman. Koontz is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, InkWell Management and Frankfurt Kurnit.

The project joins cop shows from Howard Gordon and Greg Berlanti, and another crime drama called Saturday Night Special on Fox's development slate. The network is also developing a Partridge Family-esque musical comedy and has picked up animated series Duncanville, from Amy Poehler, for 2019-20.

The development comes as Fox is preparing to separate from its sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, which is in the process of being sold to Disney. Former AMC head Charlie Collier begins his new job as CEO of entertainment at Fox on Nov. 1.