Supernatural crime pilot on its way from Michael Bay

News Louisa Mellor
12 Sep 2012 - 08:26

Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes company is to develop a supernatural FBI drama about an occult crimes task force…

That headline rhymed a bit.

In addition to pirate drama pilot Black Sails, Michael Bay’s peculiar blend of talents are to be added to a supernatural crime pilot going by the name of Occult.

The story, as The Hollywood Reporter has it, focuses on an FBI agent newly returned to the Bureau after time off for losing it somewhat following his wife’s disappearance. Upon his return to the job, said agent is paired up with an occult crime specialist to start a special dark magic task force. We’re thinking The X-Files, but with warlocks instead of greys.

The X-Files isn’t a million miles away in fact, as screenwriter James Wong, whose back catalogue includes work on the Mulder and Scully show, is set to write the pilot script for network A&E. (UK readers might enjoy a painful gag along the lines of “Fnar, let’s hope the pilot doesn’t require emergency resuscitation!” based upon that network’s name, but we’d never dream of doing such a thing.)


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