11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Robert Zemeckis, Jeff Rake Team for NBC Thriller 'Manifest'
NBC is looking for its version of Lost.
The network has handed out a sizable put-pilot commitment to a drama called Manifest. The potential series hails from Jeff Rake (Beauty and the Beast, The Mysteries of Laura) and is described as a high-concept mystery thriller in which a plane disappears from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane but, for their loved ones at home, five years have gone by. The drama follows their personal lives as well as the larger mystery and purpose that is their destiny.
Rake will pen the script and exec produce alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke (Back to the Future). Jackie Levine is set as a co-exec producer. The drama hails from Compari Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.
Manifest marks Zemeckis and Rapke's second sale this development season and joins ABC's live-action The Jetsons re-do, which scored a sizable put-pilot commitment at ABC.
Zemeckis, Rapke and Rake are with WME.