3:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox Buys Futuristic Medical Drama From 'Empire,' 'This Is Us' Producers
Fox is looking into the near future for its next medical drama.
The network has handed out a put-pilot commitment to Strange Conditions, a medical drama set five minutes in the future from Empire co-creator Danny Strong and This Is Us duo John Requa and Glenn Ficarra.
Here is Fox's official description of the project: "This show needs to start with a warning: The conditions you will see are rare and potentially disturbing — and the treatments portrayed are not proven to work. At least not yet. Set five minutes in the future, the show takes place at the New York Institute of Experimental Medicine — on the bleeding edge of biotechnology and a little beyond. These whiz kids take on only the most singular cases — medical mysteries that will make your jaw drop! Each an expert their own field (medicine, bio-ethics, law and psychology) with healthy egos — our team clashes in their battle to cure the incurable and expand the boundaries of nature. But just because they can do something, does that mean they should?"
Wes Jones (Billions) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Strong, Requa, Ficarra, Stacey Greenberg, Charlie Gogolak and Henry Finder. Danny Strong Productions and Zaftig Films are producing the 20th Century Fox Television project. Finder came up with the idea for the potential series.
Strange Conditions — which sounds like a medical version of CBS' genius problem-solvers drama Scorpion mixed with high-tech procedurals APB and Pure Genius — marks the latest sale this season for Strong, who, with Requa and Ficarra, are all under overall deals with 20th TV.