Sep 19, 2012
Tradecraft: TNT Picks Up Legends to Pilot
Legends, the TV show based on Robert Littell's acclaimed novel, has taken a long and winding road to production, but it's finally getting there! The show was first announced in 2010 when it was on NBC's development slate, but the network passed and it looked dead. Producer Howard Gordon (whose spy experience includes 24 and Homeland, the latter of which was my favorite new spy show of 2011) said as much in an interview last year. But then, in May, it came back to life thanks to cable network TNT, who continued to develop the pilot script with Gordon, Mark Bomback (Agent Zigzag) and Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor, American Assassin). Now Deadline reports that they've ordered the pilot to production, inching the show that much closer to your television screens. According to the trade blog, David Semel, who's previously helmed such spy shows as Person of Interest and My Own Worst Enemy, will direct the pilot. According to TNT's previously released synopsis, "the story follows a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is." TNT's 2007 miniseries The Company was also based on a Littell spy novel. In addition to his ongoing commitment to Homeland, Howard Gordon also has a recently announced spy pilot in development for Fox.