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Vigilant superhero show sells to Fox Network

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, September 17, 2012

Superheroes are still in. Case in point: the Fox Network, ever eager to remain the top destination pick for tweens, teens and young adults, bought an idea for one from 24 producer Howard Gordon and Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis. This new show is called Vigilant, and it circles around a young woman who dresses up as a vigilante to fight corruption in the police force as well as bad guys on the street.

Vigilant's logline sounds like it could be Batman meets a TV crime drama: the daughter of a good cop can't stand by while her father is forced to get his hands dirty dealing with a corrupt Internal Affairs head, so she makes herself a costume to expose the rotten apples in the force. She also uses her new secret identity to wage war with the criminals on the street, shaking the status quo up. The Hollywood Reporter describes Landis' tale as an "origin story" for a superhero tale.

Landis is writing the pilot script and fleshing out the concept, which could be on the air by next season. This isn't the first time Fox has dabbled with creating a superhero series; back in the 1990s it made one season of M.A.N.T.I.S., about a police scientist who invents an armored suit to fight crime. Even though a pre-Spider-Man Sam Raimi was one of the show's producers, it only lasted one season before Fox cancelled it.

But there could be more hope for Vigilant thanks to the involvement of Howard Gordon. Remember, Fox is the network that brought us 24, and that ran for eight seasons before the plug got pulled. Further proof that the network loves Gordon came three days ago when word broke that the network bought a different pilot from the producer and Shawn Cassidy, the '70s teen heartthrob-turned-TV producer. That untitled show is described as a family adventure drama about two CIA operatives that get outed. With their secret careers as spies revealed, the two must rebuild their lives and also of their families, who are now in grave danger.

Gordon is also a producer on Homeland, the AMC series that just came back for its second season.

-The Hollywood Reporter.

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