Bryan Singer to Direct ‘Battle Creek’ for David Shore and Vince Gilligan on CBS

By March 3, 2014

Last fall we learned that “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and “House M.D.” creator David Shore were teaming for a new CBS detective drama series called “Battle Creek,” which had been in the works since 2002. Now another prominent name has joined the project, and he’s worked with Shore before.

Deadline has word that X-Men director Bryan Singer has boarded the series as a director and executive producer. Singer directed the pilot for “House M.D.” and acted as an executive producer for the entire run of the series by way of his Bad Hat Harry production company.

Bryan Singer

It’s a “House M.D.” reunion of sorts since Kal Penn (yes, the guy from Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) will play a local detective forced to team up with an FBI agent (Dean Winters). The series actually sounds like a CBS attempt at making their own “True Detective” since the two lead characters are said to have opposing world views. In the town of Battle Creek, Michigan, the two must decide if cynicism, guile, and deception is enough to clean up the semi-mean streets, or will it take naivete, trust, and a boatload of resources?

It’s easy to pigeonhole this as a “True Detective” ripoff, but the spec script for this show was written in 2002. Plus, with Shore and Gilligan on board as showrunner and executive producer respectively, there’s bound to be some original, quality storytelling here. Of course, there’s still some doubt in my mind since the show is set up at CBS, but the network has already committed to 13 episodes, so that’s a good sign at least.

In the meantime, we’re waiting for Singer to finish up X-Men: Days of Future Past for release this summer. Can Singer help kick off another hit series that will run for years? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.