After a year in development at the network, FOX has greenlit a pilot for “Prison Break,” a drama from feature scribe Paul Scheuring and former Original TV veterans Marty Adelstein and Dawn Parouse.
The 20th Century Fox TV production charts a single prison break over the course of 22 episodes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Prison Break” focuses on a prison designer who gets himself thrown into one of his prisons to help his falsely accused brother escape death row.
“It’s very much in the vein of the John Sturges ‘The Great Escape’ mentality where you have six very different guys with six very different stories,” Scheuring tells the HR. “It’s a very large canvas and at the heart of the entire thing is a conspiracy that goes all the way to the White House.”
The project was pitched to FOX last fall and was briefly considered as a limited run series.
At Original TV, Adelstein and Parouse set up several shows, including FOX’s “Tru Calling.” The Original TV partnership dissolved in June and Adelstein and Parouse have started a new shingle with the catchy name Adelstein/Parouse.
The new company, again working with Scheuring, has also set up “Briar & Graves” at FOX. The drama, describes as “The X-Files” with a religious twist, has been given a script commitment.
Scheuring’s credits include the Vin Diesel film “A Man Apart.”