1:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Once Upon a Time' Creators Return to ABC With 'Epic' Fairy Tale Anthology
Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are back in business at ABC.
The broadcast network has handed out pilot orders to two dramas, including anthology Epic from the Once Upon a Time creators.
Epic is described as a romantic anthology that reinvents fairy tales for a new audience. Sources say it will be focused on Disney properties as their former ABC drama explored Snow White and other iconic characters.
Brigitte Hales, who worked with Kitsis and Horowitz on Once Upon a Time and their Apple Amazing Stories anthology, will write the script and exec produce alongside the duo. The drama hails from ABC Signature, where Kitsis and Horowitz have been under a longtime overall deal. The duo inked a four-year renewal back in 2018 that at the time was believed to have made Kitsis and Horowitz the highest-paid drama producers at the studio following Shonda Rhimes' move to Netflix.
The potential series marks a homecoming for Kitsis and Horowitz who started their careers on ABC's Lost and became some of the studio's most important producers after launching Once Upon a Time. The fairy tale drama ran for seven seasons and became a global phenomenon and cash-cow for Disney. The series wrapped its run in May 2018.
Elsewhere, ABC's second drama pilot order is for Queens, a hip-hop drama from Zahir McGhee. The potential series revolves around four estranged and out of touch women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture the fame and swagger they had as Nasty Bitches — their '90s group that made them legends in the hip-hop world. Shondaland alum McGhee (Scandal, Private Practice) will pen the script and exec produce alongside Sabrina Wind (Desperate Housewives).
Epic and Queens bring ABC's current drama pilot crop to four. They join Sam Esmail's Acts of Crime and 2020 holdover Triage.