CBS To Produce Stewart's 'Eleventh Hour' For US TVBy Michelle
September 19, 2007 - 8:16 PM
Jerry Bruckheimer and CBS have made a deal with Warner Bros. to adapt the British science-themed miniseries Eleventh Hour, which originally starred Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard).
Reuters (via The Hollywood Reporter) reported that CBS had ordered a pilot based on the ITV drama, which is loosely described as science fiction but takes on real-world subjects such as environmental destruction and irresponsible medical practice.
Stewart's character, Professor Alan Hood, was a special adviser to the British government who worked to prevent scientific abuses along with a security officer played by Ashley Jensen. The ITV series consisted of four one-hour episodes.
ComingSoon.net quotes Variety as saying that Warner Bros. had cut a multimillion-dollar deal with CBS to adapt a 13-episode show. CBS's roughly $4 million pilot will be directed by CSI executive producer Danny Cannon.
Bruckheimer TV and Granada International Media will produce the series via Warner Bros. Television, with a total price tag of more than $25 million expected. Each episode has a pay-or-play license fee of nearly $1.75 million.
Variety added that the U.S. version of the series will have a tone similar to that of The X-Files, which ran for nine seasons on Fox.