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'Bones' Creator Hart Hanson Brought Onto New Fox Pilot

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 9th 2010 9:00PM
Hart Hanson of Bones and Pleading GuiltyAccording to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Bones' creator Hart Hanson is now attached to the pilot for 'Pleading Guilty,' a drama on Fox that already has an impressive roster of names. Hanson will serve as an executive producer on the show, which is based on the Scott Turow novel of the same name.

Turow's books have been adapted before -- the big screen adaptation of 'Presumed Innocent' starred Harrison Ford and Brian Dennehy, 'Reversible Errors' was adapted for TV with William H. Macy and Tom Selleck, as was 'The Burden of Proof' with Hector Elizondo and Brian Dennehy.
Also according to the Hollywood Reporter, Jason Tracey wrote the script for the pilot and will be a co-executive producer (he was also a co-executive producer for 'Burn Notice').

Topping off the contingent is Jon Avnet, who produced the films 'Fried Green Tomatoes,' 'The Mighty Ducks,' and 'Righteous Kill.' Avnet will direct and also serve as executive producer.

With all of those heavy hitters already attached to 'Pleading Guilty,' why add Hanson to the soup? Because he's proven he can run a drama with 'Bones,' which he nurtured into a hit for Fox. He'd most likely be the "closer" in this scenario, helping to push the series in a direction that appeals to viewers.

The original book is about an ex-cop (and, according to Turow's site an "almost ex-drunk") who becomes an attorney and winds up having to help find a partner in his firm who goes missing. 'Bones' was initially marketed as a sort of sci-fi procedural drama, but found a groove with as a crime procedural with a sense of humor. Hanson could help 'Pleading Guilty' hit the ground running in that regard. Having so many executive producers should also allow Hanson to keep his duties over at 'Bones.'

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