Sony TV remaps its 'Kingdom'


"The Kingdom" is heading to Europe.

The Barry Sonnenfeld-directed medieval drama, which sparked a bidding frenzy in the summer before landing at CBS with a rich put-pilot commitment, is being redeveloped by producer Sony Pictures TV following CBS' decision to pass on the project.

Sony has tapped veteran British TV scribe Tony Jordan to do a rewrite on creator Chad Hodge's original script, which revolved around four guys, one of whom is crowned king and reluctantly takes the throne. Hodge still is on board, as is Sonnenfeld.

Sony TV brass decided not to shop "Kingdom" to other networks but instead to bring in "Hustle" creator Jordan, who had a script deal at the studio, to rework the project.

"We're really not in the business of selling pilots, we're trying to create series," Sony TV co-president of programming and production Zack Van Amburg said.

The studio also decided to move the production of the pilot from the U.S. to Europe.

"Castles are not cheap to build, say what you want," Sony TV co-president of programming and production Jamie Erlicht said. "So we thought, 'Why don't we go to where castles exist?' "

Van Amburg and Erlicht expect to have the new script completed by June when the two plan to pitch the project to British networks.

With a British network partner on board, the one-hour pilot is targeted for a summer shoot somewhere in Europe. Sonnenfeld is set to direct.

Sony also is exploring taking the revamped "Kingdom" to U.S. networks in June to possibly carve a simultaneous broadcast window in the U.K. and the U.S. or strike a co-producing model between British and American networks.

Hodge, who created the CW's "Runaway," and Jordan, who also co-created BBC's "Life on Mars," are repped by WMA.