NBC Developing Eliot Ness Miniseries
The Untouchables are heading to TV! Or at least one of them is.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers behind NBC’s The Sound Of Music Live!, are developing another event program for the network. Nemesis is an eight-part miniseries about Eliot Ness, legendary Prohibition agent and leader of famed law enforcement team, The Untouchables. However, the miniseries won’t be focusing on the most famous part of Ness’s career, but rather the tail end. Based on the book Nemesis: The Final Case Of Eliot Ness by William Bernhardt, the miniseries centers on a post-Untouchables Ness, serving as Cleveland’s Director of Public Safety during a particularly tumultuous period in the city. A plot description from Deadline elaborates:
“Bodies have started turning up — each one decapitated and dissected with a doctor’s skill and a madman’s bent. The police are baffled and the population is terrorized over America’s first serial killer, the so-called ‘Torso Killer.’ Though it’s not his turf, Ness is forced to take over the case, but the more energy he pours into the investigation, the more it takes over and threatens to destroy his life.”
The project is being scripted by Benjamin Brand (IFC’s Bollywood Hero), who will executive produce alongside Zadan, Meron and Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm (Masters Of Horror). Mark Nicholson, Storyline’s VP of Development, will serve as producer.
No word on casting just yet, although I wouldn’t go expecting Kevin Costner to reprise his role from Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (though how great would that be?). Still, I’m fascinated by the project all the same. And if The Sound of Music Live! proves to be a smash (and not a Smash), NBC might be coming to Zadan and Meron a lot more frequently for its big event programming.