Disney’s ABC has picked up the pilot for “Will Trent” (working title) for a series order for a midseason launch.
This new series is based on Karin Slaughter’s bestselling “Will Trent” series, the series stars Ramón Rodriguez as Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), who was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming-of-age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one is abandoned like he was, Will Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI.
The pilot, according to Deadline, was an early front-runner to be picked up for a series, but did hit a small hiccup over the nature of storytelling, as the creators wanted to tell a more serialized storytelling featuring plots that play out over multi-episode arcs, but ABC pushed for stand-alone episodes. Scripts have been in the works for the past three weeks, in anticipation of getting a series order.
It will also star Erika Christensen as Angie Polaski, Iantha Richardson as Faith Mitchell, Jake McLaughlin as Michael Ormewood and Sonja Sohn as Amanda Wagner. Liz Heldens, Dan Thomsen, Karin Slaughter and Oly Obst executive produce.
The pilot episode is written by Liz Heldens and Dan Thomsen, and directed and executive produced by Paul McGuigan.
With the pilot now picked up for a series, we should expect to see the series released on ABC and on Hulu in the United States. And expect the series to be released as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.