ABC must really have a thing for Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde because the television network has purchased a second pilot based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of dual identities.
Deadline reports that ABC Studios has inked a deal for Jekyll & Hyde from the Mark Gordon Co. and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice scribe Matt Lopez. Not to be confused with Hyde, the other similarly themed pilot pitch from Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning writer Sheldon Turner we just told you about last month, the “Dexter”-ized premise of an ER doc who undergoes an experimental medical treatment that causes his id to manifest itself whenever he goes to sleep, Deadline describes this second pilot as …
“… a suspenseful, darkly romantic retelling of the classic tale with a unique sci-fi twist that may be cloning-related. Set in modern San Francisco, it centers on a female criminal psychologist who is drawn into the mysterious world of a brilliant but inhibited scientist and his volatile alter ego.”
So which, if any, Jekyll & Hyde series will ABC end up giving the greenlight to? How many more such pitches will they buy between now and the next pilot season? That remains to be seen, but if the network is interested, I have my own I would like to submit.
In “Jekyll & Hyde: Attorneys at Law”, Jekyll is a straight-laced lawyer, a devout family man and advocate for the poor and innocent being railroaded by the justice system. A car accident leads to him developing the personality of Mr. Hyde, an unscrupulous, corrupt, carousing defense attorney who only represents the guiltiest, most indefensible criminals. It all builds to the thrilling season finale when Jekyll and his alter ego end up in the same court room at the same time on the opposite sides of the same case.
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