CBS is expanding its collection of shows featuring unconventional geniuses.
They already of course have the nerds from ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ as well as some clever oddballs from ‘CSI,’ ‘NCIS,’ and all its urban offshoots, and now the network has ordered a pilot for the drama ‘Scorpion,’ featuring another cast of brilliant brainiacs.
From Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the creators of FOX’s ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ the drama tells the story of a globe-spanning group of eccentric wunderkinds who defend the world against the “complex threats of the modern age,” whatever exactly that means. That is to say, this show has nothing to do (unfortunately) with ‘Mortal Kombat.’
The pilot will be written by Nick Santora, who previously wrote ‘Breakout Kings’ and ‘Prison Break,’ and directed by Justin Lin, who is most well known for his ‘Fast and Furious’ big screen action series. Heather Kadin of ‘Sleepy Hollow' and Danny Rose of ‘Scrubs’ will join Santora, Kurtzman, and others as executive producers.
The story was inspired by the true life of Walter O’Brien, a hacker known as ‘Scorpion,’ who was the CEO of a global think tank and one of the smartest people in the world, according to some test. He recruited other geniuses from around the world to solve current problems and address issues, such as casino security and military drone warfare, through his private company.
Kurtzman and Orci also wrote the screenplay for the two latest 'Star Trek' features, and are slated to pen the third as well.