Brett Ratner Spills 'Blood' at NBC
Director to direct, produce cop show pilot
The "Rush Hour 3" helmer will executive produce a cop show called "Blue Blood" for the network. He's also in line to direct the pilot, which was written by Neil Tolkin and which NBC has greenlit for production this fall, the showbiz trade papers report.
"Blue Blood" is based on a memoir by Edward Conlon, a Harvard-educated New York police officer who wrote about his experiences on the beat for The New Yorker. It will focus on a group of NYPD rookies assigned to street patrols.
The project was initially set up at FOX, but the network passed on it. After a few changes to the script, Tolkin and Ratner took the show to NBC. The pilot is Tolkin's first stab at a TV series; his film credits include "The Emperor's Club" and "License to Drive."
Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo will executive produce the pilot alongside Tolkin and Ratner, whose TV credits also include FOX's "Prison Break" and ABC's new series "Women's Murder Club."