'Downton Abbey' Producer Developing Sigmund Freud Crime Drama

Carnival Films' Gareth Neame, executive producer of "Downton Abbey" and the new Freud show that is in development

Created by "The X-Files" writer Frank Spotnitz and writer/director Nicholas Meyer for NBCUniversal's Carnival Films, "Freud: The Secret Casebook" sees the father of psychoanalysis become the first criminal profiler.

LONDON – Writer and producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Hunted, Transporter) and writer and director Nicholas Meyer (Houdini, Star Trek) have joined forces to develop a crime series centered on Sigmund Freud for Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, part of NBCUniversal, and Big Light Productions (Hunted, Transporter).

Freud: The Secret Casebook sees the father of psychoanalysis become the first criminal profiler.

The drama is in development, but has yet to be ordered by a network.

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"Set in the glittering, but volatile world of early 20th century Vienna, Freud will use his startling new theories about psychology to help solve crimes," a description of the show says. The series will "blend episodic murder mysteries with the ongoing story of Freud's tangled and provocative personal life."

The executive producers are Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey) and Nigel Marchant of Carnival Films along with Alan Gasmer (Vikings) and Matt Baer (Unbroken), as well as producing duo Christian Popp and Alexander Keil of Germany's Producers at Work.

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