NBC Hands Cast & Script Contingent Series Order To ‘Manhunt’

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NBCNBC has handed a cast and script contingent series order to Manhunt, a 10 episode anthology series from Whit Brayton and Zack Rice.

Each season of  Manhunt follows the mounting tension of an entire city on the hunt for a fugitive roaming the streets at large. It will examine the moment an American, or International City becomes a police state, a war zone or a ground zero and the ensuing bloodlust it inspires.

The drama project, which was penned by Whit Brayton and Zack Rice, is being produced by NBC’s sister studio Universal TV and has Breakout Kings helmer Gavin Hood attached to direct. The executive producers are Whit Brayton, Zack Rice, Gavin Hood, Michael Sugar, Alex Goldstone and Nicole Romano.

The ten episode series order, which is contingent on the network giving approval to both the script and casting, comes after NBC went hard after the project, which initially went out to networks over the Summer. The 10 episode anthology drama is expected to attract big name actors for the lead roles.

Anthology series have been on the rise in the past few years. FX kicked off the trend with American Horror Story, which has a new cast and storyline each season. The network recently followed that up with the Emmy award winning Fargo, while HBO has Nick Pizzolatto’s True Detective, which is in pre-production on a second season.