Star Trek Alums Conspire For ‘Burglar’s Guide’

By October 5, 2016


Alex Kurtzman and Justin Lin just missed each other in the world of Star Trek, but the duo have joined forces once again to translate a non-fiction story into what they hope will be television’s next hot drama.

Kurtzman, a writer and producer for 2009’s Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, teamed with Star Trek Beyond director Lin to develop a pilot for CBS based on Geoff Manaugh’s book, A Burglar’s Guide to the City. The book is actually a non-fiction account of how anyone can use architecture and the bones of any structure to plan heists or getaways or anything else we’d normally see in a movie.

CBS, however, is banking on Kurtzman and Lin to create a series around the book, just like they did two years ago with what has become another hit series for the network, Scorpion. CBS is so confident they can do it, they’ve ordered the project as a put-pilot – Burglar’s Guide is picked up as a series or the pilot is broadcast as a special, otherwise the network will be forced to pay a significant financial penalty.

It seems the two already have a concept pulled together, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A Burglar’s Guide to the City follows a team of modern-day Robin Hoods who, led by a brilliant architect with a troubled past, use their unique skills to gain access to any stronghold in order to steal from rich criminals, and give to those that have been wronged by a corrupt system.

It’s almost like Leverage meets Leverage without the Ocean’s Eleven elements.

Kurtzman will produce the series under his new company Secret Hideout he formed after parting ways with longtime collaborator Roberto Orci. His production team is a bit similar to who he pulled into another project he’s developing for CBS Television – next summer’s Star Trek: Discovery – like former Warner Bros. executive Heather Kadin.

Paul Grellong will write the pilot, bringing a resume that includes the short-lived Terra NovaRevolution and Scorpion.

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