2:27pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
The Next 'Westworld'? Fox Readying AI Thriller From Jessica Alba (Exclusive)
Days before HBO rolls out its anticipated android Western drama Westworld, Fox is looking to board the AI train as well.
The network has handed out a script commitment with penalty attached for the Jessica Alba-produced drama Girl 10, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Girl 10 is set in the very near future and revolves around Elle, one of only 10 synthetic humans in existence who is being investigated for murder while trying to stop an evil cabal from weaponizing the technology behind artificial intelligence.
Ken Woodruff (Gotham, The Mentalist) will pen the script and executive produce the 20th Century Fox Television project alongside Alba.
Girl 10 comes as AI fare continues to be popular on the small screen. Earlier this month, Syfy ordered a pilot for The Machine, based on the movie of the same name, which is set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence. AMC, for its part, has renewed Humans, a drama about human-like AI robots.
HBO, meanwhile, will debut big-budget drama Westworld, about a futuristic amusement park in which humans pay to live out their wildest fantasies in a world populated by humanistic robots.
For Fox, Girl 10 marks a re-entry into the AI world after drama Almost Human was canceled in 2014 after one season.