Variety (subscription required) reports that film making brothers Ridley and Tony Scott, better known for directing such big-screen movies as Gladiator and Top Gun, respectively, are developing three drama projects for CBS — one of them a SF project.
Under the terms of a two-year pact, the network has bought three scripts from the brothers’ company, Scott Free Productions; at least one is set to be produced as a drama pilot for fall 2003 consideration.
The SF project is T.I.M.E., a science-fact mystery adventure described as Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The X-Files meets Sea Hunt (a 1950s sea adventure series that starred Lloyd Bridges, see this unofficial site for more info). The series will follow a group of treasure hunters turned archaeologists who discover that humankind’s past is not as science has presented it.
The T.I.M.E. pilot is being co-written by Erik Jendresen and Mitch Marken, who will both serve as executive producers. “We’re trying to tell a story that’s never been told before, one that could reinvent people’s concepts of who we are and what we’re becoming,” said Jendresen, who won an Emmy for his work on HBO’s Band of Brothers.