Charter in Talks to Pick Up ‘Manhunt’ Anthology Series From Discovery

Lionsgate series near two-year deal

Charter Communications is in advanced discussions to pick up the Discovery crime drama “Manhunt,” a person with direct knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The company is near a deal with Lionsgate for two seasons of the series, with each season planned to feature a different infamous criminal. The potential second season is said to be a dramatized account of the hunt for Eric Rudolph, the Olympic Park Bomber who targeted the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

John Goldwyn and Andrew Sodroski, who served as executive producers on the first season, are set to return should the deal go through. Lionsgate declined to comment. Charter did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“Manhunt: Unabomber,” starring Paul Bettany and Sam Worthington, premiered on Discovery last August. Originally planned as a limited series, the show concluded when Discovery announced plans to shift away from scripted programming earlier this year.

“Manhunt” is poised to become the second original drama picked up by Charter following the “Bad Boys” spinoff “L.A.’s Finest” starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, which was ordered to series after its pilot was passed over by NBC.

Deadline first reported the news.

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