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NBC Orders Futuristic Prison Drama ‘Paradise’

The network has given the project a put pilot commitment


NBC has ordered a pilot for “Paradise,” a drama set in a futuristic prison environment. The show will be written by popular novelist and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, and produced by Greg Berlanti, Deadline reports.

“Paradise” takes place in late 21st century Las Vegas, which is now the world’s largest maximum-security prison, known as Paradise. Dr. Matthew Turner is its newest inmate, convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. Desperate to get back to his family and prove his innocence, Turner will have to find a strength he never knew he had, and stay alive long enough to do the one thing no inmate has ever done: escape.

“Paradise” marks a continuation of the popularity of the prison drama. Recent successes in the genre include HBO’s “Oz,” Fox’s “Prison Break,” A&E’s “Breakout Kings” and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”

No casting has been announced for the pilot.

Developed by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, “Paradise” will be executive produced by Melissa Kellner Berman and David Katzenberg, in addition to Grahame-Smith and Berlanti.

Seth Grahame-Smith is the acclaimed author of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” which was adapted to film in 2012 by director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton. He’s also responsible for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which is in development as a film.

Grahame-Smith also co-created and produced MTV’s live-action comedy series “The Hard Times of R.J. Berger,” and scripted both the film version of “Dark Shadows” and a sequel to “Beetlejuice” for Tim Burton. He is also set to write the screenplay adaptation of his own bestselling novel “Unholy Night.”

Berlanti served as co-creator and executive producer for The CW’s hit superhero drama “Arrow,” based on the Green Arrow comic book series from DC. He is involved in “The Flash,” which will serve as a spinoff from “Arrow” in 2014, as well as “The Tomorrow People,” which premieres Oct. 9 on The CW.

If ordered to series, “Paradise” could premiere on NBC in 2014.

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