USA Network has handed a pilot order to Evil Men, a supernatural drama starring Clifton Collins Jr. (Red Widow) and Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife), TVWise has learned.
Evil Men follows an upstanding, middle-class family man whose life is turned upside down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and commanded to kill “evil men” or see his family and city destroyed. However, the gleeful psycho who is meant to be his first target instead begins teaching him how to carry out his new destiny.
Dallas Roberts, who is arguably best known for playing Alicia Florrick’s gay brother Owen, has been cast as series lead Harry Killas, the middle-class family man who is tasked with killing “evil men”; while Clifton Collins Jr., whose long list of previous credits also include Star Trek and The Blacklist, will play Lazlo Kirk, a former war criminal who forces himself into Harry’s life on a twisted mission of personal redemption.
“This supernatural drama is a symbolic tale of good versus evil set in the everyday modern world,” said Jackie de Crinis, USA Network’s Executive Vice-President of Original Programming. “It is a highly relatable story that begs the question of just how far we would go to protect our families.”
The drama pilot hails from CBS Television Studios and NBCU’s Universal Cable Productions. The script is being penned by Daniel Taplitz, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile. Fleder is attached to direct.
Evil Men is the fifth drama pilot that USA has picked up this development cycle. It joins the likes of Stanistan, from Andy Parker; Mr Robot, starring Rami Malek and Carly Chaikin; sci-fi effort Colony, from Bates Motel’s Carlton Cuse; and the Alice Braga fronted Queen Of The South.