A legal matter: Helmer Coulter set for FX pilot


Fresh from his feature directing debut on "Hollywoodland," Allen Coulter is returning to his TV roots.

Coulter has signed on to direct FX's untitled legal drama pilot from Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman.

The project, which is yet to be set up at a studio, is described as a character-driven legal thriller set in New York.

FX picked up the project to pilot last month after one of the network's quickest script turnarounds. The pilot order came only a couple of months after the three writers had delivered their first draft (HR 9/26).

Coulter made a foray into film this year with "Hollywoodland," a period drama examining the mysterious death of "Superman" actor George Reeves.

"I like moving back and forth between film and television," Coulter said. "I want to go where the best work is, and when I saw this pilot (script), it caught my eye and excited me in terms of its dramatic possibilities. It's a great opportunity all around."

In TV, he is probably best known for his extensive work on HBO's "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos." Coulter earned three Emmy nominations for directing episodes of "Sopranos" as well as two best drama series nominations as part of the mob drama's producing team.

He has been nominated for a DGA Award four times — twice for "Sopranos" and twice for "Sex and the City."

Coulter is repped by ICM.