Ava DuVernay Police Shooting Drama, ‘LA Confidential’ Adaptation Among CBS Pilot Orders

Legal drama inspired and executive produced by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

CBS has picked up four more drama pilots, including a police shooting drama from Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti, and a TV adaptation of “L.A. Confidential.”

DuVernay and Berlanti’s “Red Line” follows three families all somehow connected to a shooting incident in which a white cop in Chicago mistakenly kills a black doctor.

Erica Weiss and “Supergirl” alum Caitlin Parrish will write the pilot and co-executive produce. Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions is also an executive producer on the Warner Bros. TV project.

James Ellroy’s novel “L.A. Confidential” is being adapted by “Gotham” writer Jordan Harper. New Regency’s Arnon Milchan, who produced the 1997 Oscar-winning film adaptation, will also executive produce. It hails from CBS Television Studios and Lionsgate Television.

CBS’s description of the pilot promises an update to the story, giving it a “thoroughly 2018 treatment in terms of tone, music and style.” The story follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and an up-and-coming actress, whose lives intersect as the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of gritty, glamorous 1950’s Los Angeles.

“Main Justice” is inspired and executive produced by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Centered around the youngest U.S. Attorney General in history, the show delves into the tumultuous world of the 5th floor of the Department of Justice, as he takes on the biggest legal and investigative cases in the country.

“Power” and “Survivor’s Remorse’s” Sascha Penn will write and executive produce the CBS Television Studios pilot, alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed.

The military legal drama “The Code” is co-written by Craig Turk and Craig Sweeny, whose credits include “Medium,” “Limitless” and “Star Trek: Discovery.” The project follows Marines trained as prosecutors, defense lawyers and investigators, as they take on the country’s toughest challenges inside the courtroom and out.

Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman executive produce.