Max Landis Writing Superhero Police Drama Pilot “Vigilant” for Fox

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Max Landis Writing Superhero Police Drama Pilot “Vigilant” for Fox

Fox is looking to develop a superhero police drama from “Homeland” executive producer Howard Gordon and “Chronicle” screenwriter Max Landis. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project has received a script plus penalty order, which means the network will have to pay something even if the pilot isn’t greenlit.

Called “Vigilant,” the drama is described as a superhero origin story told from the unlikely perspective of “a smart 20-year-old woman who happens to be a social outcast.” After an honorable veteran detective is coerced into work for the corrupt head of internal affairs, the detective’s daughter plots her revenge by creating a fictional vigilante persona to take on the criminal elements within the police department and the city. Gordon and Landis will executive produce, with Hugh Fitzpatrick serving as co-executive producer.

The Emmy-nominated Gordon, who worked on Fox’s “24” and co-developed the acclaimed thriller “Homeland” for Showtime, landed a family adventure at Fox just last week. He also has a Western in development at NBC and a legal drama at TNT.

Landis, son of director John Landis, made a splash earlier this year with “Chronicle,” the micro-budget superpowered-teen film that grossed more than $126 million. He’s already attached to pen the sequel, as well as 20th Century Fox’s “sci-fi take” on “Frankenstein.”