Sonnenfeld helming NBC legal thriller


NBC will have a Barry Sonnenfeld-directed drama pilot after all.

After losing out on the Sonnenfeld-directed medieval fantasy "Kingdom" to CBS last month, NBC has lured the director to helm a legal thriller penned by Luke Reiter.

Sonnenfeld was approached by NBC shortly after the pitch for "Kingdom," to be written by Chad Hodge and directed by Sonnenfeld, landed at CBS with a rich put pilot commitment July 17. Sonnenfeld read Reiter's script and committed to the project, which is produced by Universal Media Studios. With Sonnenfeld on board, NBC picked up the drama to pilot.

Set at a prestigious New York civil firm, the untitled drama revolves around unapologetic lawyers who will do whatever it takes to win their high-profile cases and outmaneuver one another.

For Sonnenfeld, who is exec producing the pilot with Reiter, the project is in second position to "Kingdom."

Sonnenfeld is red hot off directing one of the most buzzworthy pilots for upcoming series, ABC's "Pushing Daisies."

Sonnenfeld, who has a first-look deal at Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind "Kingdom," also is attached to direct SPT's single-camera comedy pilot "Hackett" for Fox.

Former assistant district attorney Reiter's series credits include "Law & Order," "The Practice" and "Boston Legal."