Frank Spotnitz is certainly keeping busy. Less than 24 hours after CBS picked up his thriller series Ransom, the prolific producer has already set up his next project, The Indian Detective, a four part comedy-drama starring Russell Peters which has been picked up by Bell Media’s CTV network in Canada.
The Indian Detective follows Doug D’Mello, an ambitious Toronto cop of Indian descent whose dreams of becoming a homicide detective are put on hold when he is unjustly suspended. While on leave, he visits his dad in Mumbai, where he gets embroiled in a local case. As the dangerous investigation unfolds, D’Mello must also grapple with culture shock in a country where despite his heritage, he is an outsider.
“I couldn’t be happier that my first leading role in a series will be on a show with not only my name in the title, but a show that lets me do drama and comedy at the same time,” said Russell Peters. “The fact that it’s actually set in Canada and India is an added bonus!”
The project was developed specifically for Russell Peters, who will play the lead character Doug D’Mello. It was penned by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide, who previously worked with Spotnitz on his short-lived BBC/Cinemax series Hunted.
“Russell Peters is one of the great comic minds of our time, but his real genius lies in his ability to cut through stereotypes and see people as they are”, added Frank Spotnitz. “I am delighted to be collaborating with him to bring to life a dramatic story that is so thought-provoking and funny.”
The Indian Detective is set up as a co-production between Big Light Productions, Blue Ice Pictures, Wonder Films & CTV. The executive producers are Peters, Spotnitz, Lance Samuels, Daniel Iron, Mark Burton, Clayton Peters and Paul Canterna. Production is set to get underway this Fall in South Africa for a 2017 premiere on Bell Media’s CraveTV and CTV in Canada. International broadcast partners are also being sought ahead of the 2017 premiere.
This is the latest commission that Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions has secured in the past few months, as the indie continues to push forward with their expansion plans. Big Light is also working on Ransom for CBS, TF1 and Corus Global; as well as period drama Medici: Masters Of Florence, starring Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman, which is currently being shopped to the networks.
For Spotnitz, this wave of success comes after he earned a reputation for being one of the hardest working producers in the business, not to mention earning himself a name for being the “go-to” showrunner for troubled productions, such as Transporter: The Series and Crossing Lines. The respected producer also recently exited the Amazon series The Man In The High Castle following creative clashes with Amazon Studios.