J.J. Abrams’ next TV show will be a crime series… with a twist.
According to Entertainment Weekly , CBS has given the greenlight for "Person of Interest," a one hour crime drama created by Abrams and screenwriter Jonathan Nolan. The premise for the pilot reportedly follows an ex-CIA hitman who is recruited by a mysterious billionaire to team up with a scientist to stop crimes before they happen.
Although that’s not a lot of information to go on, it does sound a little similar to Phillip K. Dick’s "The Minority Report," which was adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise back in 2002.
Nolan is primarily known for his collaboration with his brother Christopher Nolan on "The Prestige" and "The Dark Knight," as well as the upcoming "Superman" reboot and "The Dark Knight Rises." If "Person of Interest" goes forward as a weekly series, it will be Nolan’s first TV project.
However, Abrams has extensive TV experience, having created "Alias" and "Felicity" in addition to co-creating "Lost," "Fringe" and "Undercovers."
Although "Undercovers" was canceled late last year by NBC, Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has been extremely busy during this TV development season. Abrams is also producing "Alcatraz," which was ordered to pilot by Fox; in addition to "Odd Jobs," a potential series with former "Lost" stars Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson as a pair of retired spies. However, there are reports that "Odd Jobs" has been pushed back to next pilot season due to a late script.
Back in January, Abrams also produced a pilot script for a series called "Pulp," which has not yet found a home at a network. However, given Abrams’ track record, that will probably change soon.