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CBS Developing CIA Terrorism Drama From ‘Parts Per Billion’ Writer

Variety logo Variety 12/9/2016 Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Writer Brian Horiuchi has sold a CIA drama, “Extraction,” to CBSVariety has learned.

“Extraction” is about a brilliant CIA field officer and complex chameleon who leads a new agency program to continue the war on terror by operating on U.S. soil for the first time in history.

The script deal marks a major move into TV for Horiuchi, whose credits are largely in film. He wrote and directed the 2014 romantic film “Parts Per Billion,” which starred the ensemble cast of Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, Gena Rowlands, and Frank Langella. He also wrote the screenplays for films “Circle of Eight” and “America So Beautiful.”

Horiuchi will serve as an executive producer, along with Ed Redlich, Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures, Jason Weinberg and Jennifer Levine of Untitled Entertainment. Flame Ventures’ Drew Comins will serve as so-executive producer. CBS Television Studios is producing.

The hourlong project will be created with “unique access” to the CIA, and Horiuchi brings an intimate understanding of life inside the CIA, as he’s the son of a career CIA field officer. The drama is described as a story about today’s real CIA and the secretive world of the agency’s officers, their complex family dynamics at work and at home, and the daunting challenges of navigating each of them.

Aside from working on “Extraction,” Horiuchi has films in development with Charlize Theron and Jerry Bruckheimer. He is repped by the Gersh Agency, Untitled Entertainment and Behr & Abramson.

Redlich is repped by CAA and Jackoway, Tyrerman. Krantz is repped by CAA and Echo Lake. Levine is repped by Jackoway, Tyreman.

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