The next drama series The game never received a pilot order from CBS, according to Deadline. The drama will be a series adaptation of Jeffery Deaver (The Bone Collector) novel of the same name.
The series, which received a pilot production commitment last year, will star and produce by Justin Hartley (It’s us). Ken Olin (brothers sisters) will also direct and executive produce. Other executive producers on the project include Roxy Olin (Sleepy Hollow), Julianna LaRosa (NCIS), and author Ben Winters (The Last Policeman).
Production will not begin immediately due to Hartley’s commitment to the final season of It’s us, according to the deadline. The site also reported that the series had a change of writers last spring, with Winters replacing Michael Cooney. (Identify), who was attached to The game never since the show sold out last fall. Winters delivered his script to CBS last week, which was well received by CBS brass, per Deadline.
Deadline provided a description of the upcoming series: “The game never features Hartley as lone wolf survivalist Colter Shaw, who roams the country as a “reward seeker,” using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while confronting his own fractured family.
Hartley released a statement about starring in the upcoming drama when the show was first announced, per Deadline.
“I couldn’t be happier than The game never is coming to CBS, and that Colter Shaw will soon be on screen,” Hartley said. “When I read the book, I was immediately drawn to the character and the story; Developing this project with Ken was a true labor of love. Colter is going to kick some serious ass, and I can’t wait for the public to meet him.