John Ridley Sells Detective Drama to ABC

This marks the third collaboration between the network and the 'American Crime' creator.
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The 2015-16 TV season has yet to begin, but ABC is already looking ahead to the 2016-17 season.

The network has purchased a pilot script from Oscar winner John Ridley, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Presence is described as a stylish update of the classic detective genre. It centers on Presence Foster, a former Army counter insurgency operative who finds herself navigating a widely divergent and highly colorful cross section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed private investigator. 

Ridley wrote the script and will also direct. He will exec produce through his International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation, along with Michael McDonald (American Crime) via his Stearns Castle company. ABC Studios will produce the project.

This marks the third collaboration between ABC and Ridley, whose anthology drama American Crime was renewed for a second season. He is also working on a secret project for Marvel Studios at ABC.

Ridley is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and Rohner, Walerstein.