FOX ORDERS PARAMOUNT COP PILOT
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[ November 7th 2001 ]

Fox has ordered a telly pilot from Paramount Network Television and the Littlefield Co. that follows the exploits of an NYPD cop who becomes a private eye in London. Joel Wyman is on board to write the script to Keen Eddy, which has been pitched as a cross between 1970s cop series McCloud and British indie pic Snatch.

Exec producers Warren Littlefield and Simon West ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") plan to film the drama pilot (and potential series) in Britain. Littlefield said he hatched the fish-out-of-water tale as a means to work with West, who lives with his family in London.

"I really started to say to myself, if I wanted to get into business with Simon and get him actively involved in the series, let's get practical - let's set it in London," Littlefield said.

Simon was a strong proponent for shooting "Keen Eddy" in London, given the country's flexible union rules and potential British financing partners. "One of the largest markets is the U.K.," Littlefield said. "One would think that this would be attractive to a U.K. partner."

Also, Fox has found itself drawn to the other side of the Pond lately. The net's midseason drama "Emma Brody," which debuts next spring, is set and shot in London.

With a fish-out-of-water concept at its core, "Keen Eddy" will rely heavily on comedy as well as crime stories. The producers are looking for an American to serve as the show's iconic male lead; the rest of the cast will be rounded out with British character actors.

The project is Littlefield's first pickup since he moved his company to Paramount earlier this year, and West's first project for U.S. TV since he recently inked a seven-figure, multiyear overall deal with the studio.

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