UPDATE: The project is now offically announced, as an event series with Sanaa Lathan as the lead. Per Deadline, “A pilot script has been completed, which the network has followed up by ordering a bible with the intention of picking up the project straight to series once the bible is delivered”.
FOX really is distancing from pilot season with another drama pilot ordered now for next year (after Star, Urban Cowboy & Son of Zahn). The racially charged project called “Indictment” could be compared to ABC’s “American Crime” and resonates with what’s happening right now in the US.
Written by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the lies, The secret life of bees) and produced by Brian Grazer & Francie Calfo for Imagine Television, the show starts when a black officer shoots a white teen in a racially charged Tennessee town. Considering the unusual circumstances of this case, two out-of-town black prosecutors are brought in to sort through the evidence and find out what really happened. As the community grows anxious and the country is buzzing, Preston Terry and Ashe Bell must keep personal bias and suspicions to themselves to seek the truth…
In spite of the early order, the pilot is not expected to shoot until March during the traditional pilot season but casting starts now before the pool of talents available shrinks.