Time-Travel Drama From David Magee & Michael Green Lands At ABC With Penalty

EXCLUSIVE: Life Of Pi scribe David Magee is venturing into television. The Oscar-nominated feature writer has teamed with Michael Green for a high-concept drama project, which has landed at ABC with significant penalty. Written by Magee with Green supervising, Travelers centers on a man who brings his family to a wake for the father he never knew, only to discover that the doors inside his father’s estate are time portals which trap them in the house and send them on a journey through history. 20th Century Fox TV, where Green is under an overall deal, is producing. 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff, who is attached to Green’s projects at 20th TV, will executive produce with Green and Magee. The sale brings Green back to ABC where he had another high-concept project through 20th TV two season ago, Gotham, which went to pilot and came close to a series order.

In addition to Travelers, WME-repped Green is adapting League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen for Fox with a put pilot commitment and has half-hour comedy American Girls On Vacation, about the oversees vacation of three BFFs, in development at Showtime. CAA-repped Magee earned Oscar nominations for writing Life Of Pi and Finding Neverland.

Comments (12)

  • with penalty?
    What does that mean?

    Comment by Alan — Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT  
    • It means that – even though this concept is incredibly stupid – enough people bid that the network will pay a big fee to the producers and/or creator if they don’t make the pilot.

      Comment by Writer — Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT  
    • It means Fox has to pay them a butt load of money not to make the pilot.

      A lot of times, it’s still the best deal for the network after you read some of this crap.

      Comment by The real penalty is having to watch sometimes — Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT  
  • Sounds exactly like the pilot for THE EXTINCTION PRINCIPLE. Winning Fox.

    Comment by Karma — Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 3:39pm PDT  
  • Sounds good, we don’t need another Modern Family, 2.5 Men, or another CSI/NCIS or another Lawyer show, or another so called sophisticated comedy.

    Comment by lsb — Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 5:52pm PDT  
    • Totally agree. While it’s always subject to the writing, directing & acting – I rather try out a high-concept misfire, than a tedious predictable snorefest.

      Comment by Juke Early — Saturday August 3, 2013 @ 5:06am PDT  
  • 20th Century Fox TV who gave us Irwin Allen’s THE TIME TUNNEL and THE TIME TRAVELERS TV-Movie :)

    Comment by Herb Finn — Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 9:08pm PDT  
    • …and the Doctor Who movie. who knows…

      Comment by Sarreq Teryx — Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 7:53pm PDT  
  • I love Michael Green’s writing so I’ll trust he can do something good about this pitch that sounds like a 60/70s show and not in a good way.

    Comment by Carine — Friday August 2, 2013 @ 1:23am PDT  
  • From one of the guy’s behind The River.

    Meh.

    Comment by ABC's gonna wanna travel back in time after this premieres — Friday August 2, 2013 @ 9:13am PDT  
  • I really liked “Finding Neverland”–McGee did a fine job adapting that, and this sounds cool. More ambitious and creative than your typical network show.

    But that’s kind of the problem. I wish ABC had a specialty TV cable network (like FX to FOX) where they could actually be free to take more risks, and have a better chance of getting a pickup. Broadcast networks live in fear.

    Comment by Greg — Friday August 2, 2013 @ 9:38am PDT  
  • I think it sounds great. But, you can’t please all the people all the time.

    Comment by Karen M — Friday August 2, 2013 @ 12:46pm PDT  
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