While the upcoming A&E series “Breakout Kings” isn’t horror in the strictest sense of the word, it is fringy enough to warrant a mention here on Dread Central, especially in light of the fact that two breakout genre stars have signed on to co-star in an episode together: Rodney Eastman and Scout Taylor-Compton.
Eastman, who most recently appeared in the I Spit on Your Grave redux and is probably best known as Joey from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, and Taylor-Compton (Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II) will portray a couple on the run in a sort of Bonnie and Clyde/Natural Born Killers homage.
According to an earlier story on Deadline this past summer, “Breakout Kings”, which just went into production this fall in Toronto (for a 2011 premiere on A&E), follows an unconventional partnership between the U.S. Marshals’ office and a group of convicts as they work to catch fugitives on the run.
Driven by the fact that there are few things more dangerous than a prisoner who has just escaped, and tired of following protocol and resorting to outdated methods of law enforcement, veteran U.S. Marshals Charlie Duchamp (Laz Alonso) and Ray Zancanelli (Domenick Lombardozzi) are taking an unorthodox approach to their work: using former fugitives to catch fugitives. Charlie and Ray form a special task force composed of the three most elusive convicts Ray ever captured: a former child prodigy and behaviorist/psychiatric expert who dabbles in psychoanalysis (Jimmi Simpson); an ex-gang-banger who knows how to work the system – both in prison and on the street (Malcolm Goodwin); and a sexy expert in finding people, then hiding and killing them (Serinda Swan). Charlie and Ray also employ the services of a civilian who acts as the “funnel” for the group – all information, tips and data go through her (Brooke Nevin). With each fugitive they apprehend, the closer they get to earning their own freedom.
“Breakout Kings” is a production of Fox 21 and Chernin Entertainment. The series is created, written, and executive produced by Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora. Gavin Hood, who directed the pilot and helped develop the project, also executive produces alongside Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.
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