Brendan Fraser Departs TNT Pilot ‘Legends’

The star of The Mummy may still come to TV, but not on this show.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last month, TNT made the surprise announcement that Brendan Fraser was slated to star in a new drama pilot called “Legends;” which is based upon the novel of the same name written by Robert Littell. While the project would have been Fraser’s first starring role on TV, that particular career milestone will have to wait.

According to Deadline, Fraser is amicably leaving the “Legends” pilot after being unable to creatively reconcile with executive producer and showrunner, Howard Gordon. Fraser had been slated to portray the uniquely talented deep-cover espionage agent, Martin Odum. However, Fraser and Gordon are said to have not seen “eye to eye on the character.”

But this doesn’t mean that Fraser won’t eventually land a TV series of his own. Fox 21 (the company producing “Legends” for TNT) has offered Fraser a television development deal.

“Brendan is an incredible actor and we have wanted to work with him for a very long time,” explained Fox 21 President Bert Salke. “While this particular project may not have been the right fit, we are excited to develop cable properties with him that will showcase his amazing talent.”

Fraser is best known for starring as Rick O'Connell in The Mummy trilogy in addition to his featured roles in George of the Jungle, Dudley Do-Right, Monkeybone, Bedazzled, Crash and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Fraser also had a brief guest stint on “Scrubs.”