“The Devil’s Advocate” is being prepped for the small screen. NBC has ordered a put pilot from producers John Wells and Arnold Kopelson and writer Matt Venne (“Bag of Bones.”)
If NBC doesn’t order the pilot, which focuses on a public defender who joins a law firm literally run by the Devil, to series the network will be forced to pay a substantive fine to the studio.
The 1997 Warner Bros. film, which starred Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino and Charlie Theron, was directed by Taylor Hackford. Reeves played an ambitious young lawyer who is tempted to trade his soul to the Devil (Pacino) for supernatural courtroom skills. The movie made $153 million dollars.
“The Devil’s Advocate” series is produced by WBTV and John Wells Prods. Wells, Kopelson and Andrew Stearn are executive producing, with Venne serving as a co-executive producer.
WBTV and JWP have teamed up already on Showtime’s “Shameless.” Wells previously directed Meryl Streep and Julia Robets in “August: Osage County.”
Deadline was the first to report the news.