‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Developing Modern ‘Les Miserables’ Adaptation for Fox

Project will follow a lawyer who's haunted by an unjust prior conviction

"Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas is tackling Victor Hugo for Fox.

Thomas is developing a contemporary take on Hugo's novel "Les Miserables," which has been given a script commitment with penalty by Fox.

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The one-hour drama project, which Thomas is executive producing with Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge, is billed as a primetime soap about a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before. He must navigate high society, continue his mission of saving innocent people, and manage his tumultuous family and romantic life – all while staying one step ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who refuses to let the ghosts of the past die.

Graham Norris is writing the project and serving as supervising producer.

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Rob Thomas Productions is producing the as-yet-untitled project in association with Warner Bros. Television.