NBC Buys 'Eleventh Commandment' CIA Drama

Eleventh Commandment coverAs Executive Producer of 'The Walking Dead,' Gale Anne Hurd has earned more than trust; I like to imagine networks sending cronies to follow her around and record everything she says and does. Hurd's latest project is a series adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's thrilling novel 'Eleventh Commandment,' and NBC has won the rights to develop the show.

Archer, a UK novelist of crime and thrilling drama, published 'The Eleventh Commandment' back in 1998. Apparently Hurd has been looking high and low for a project that would work, reaching back fifteen years to find Archer's story about main character Connor Fitzgerald, who has been leading a secret life as the CIA’s most deadly assassin when he decides to pull back to spend more time with his wife and family. Fitzgerald's plan is ruined when a rogue agent frames him for an assassination that he didn't commit. “This is a fantastic character-driven story of an assassin who in the employ of the US government,” Hurd said.

NBC has been busy developing for the future lately, greenlighting Tom Brady's musical comedy 'The Swamp' earlier this week. The pattern for the Rainbow network seems to be to take tried-and-tested show-runners and let them work on whatever project they select; you can't argue with that philosophy. For 'Eleventh Commandment,' Hurd has brought in British writer Patrick Harbinson ('24') to script the pilot episode.

Who would you like to see cast as Fitzgerald, the highly-trained CIA family man? Let us know in the comments below!

- Gail Anne Hurd

Written by: bad_subject
Sep 28th, 2012, 8:12 am

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