NBC Eyes ‘Collision’ Adaptation From Anthony Horowitz & Eleventh Hour Films

NBC is developing Collision, an adaptation of the hit 2009 ITV drama of the same from Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz and indie Eleventh Hour Films, TVWise has learned. The project presently has a script commitment, with plans to bypass the pilot stage and go straight-to-series with a ten episode order.

Collision tells the story of a group of strangers whose lives are forever changed following a major road accident. Beyond the crumpled cars are the invisible dramas and when the police start their investigation they find themselves drawn into many different and dangerous worlds including government cover-ups, smuggling, torn relationships and murder. The original UK series was created by Horowitz and drew overnight audiences of 7 million viewers.

Horowitz is creating the US adaptation and is currently penning the scripts for the first two episodes. Eleventh Hour Films is producing in association with Sony Pictures Television’s recently re-instituted TriStar Television. Former CSI executive producer Carol Mendelsohn will executive produce through her studio based Carol Mendelsohn Productions. CMP’s President Julie Weitz will also executive produce alongside Horowitz, who will serve as the showrunner.

“Collision was one of the first genuine ‘event dramas’ when it aired on ITV in 2009 – uniquely stripped across five continuous nights it was watched and talked about by millions of viewers. We are delighted to now be working on a ‘local’ version for NBC as it was always Anthony and my dream that the drama should exist on a larger scale and as a longer length series”, said Eleventh Hour Films founder Jill Green. This is a country where it is routine to use your car to get everywhere – and never give it a second thought. The drama has universal, relatable characters and fuses together multiple genres.”

The adaptation deal was brokered by Eleventh Hour Films’ Nicole Finnan and Hollywood agency WME. Jill Green will also continue as an active producer on the US series. Suzanne Patmore Gibbs will oversee the project on behalf of TriStar Television, while NBC’s Executive Vice-President of Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions Quinn Taylor will oversee Collision for the network.

Collision may not be the only Eleventh Hour Films property destined for a U.S. remake. There is early chatter that a deal is in the works for a U.S. adaptation of the indie’s hit series Safe House, which tells the story of a married couple who turn their remote Guest House into a Safe House and was recently renewed for a second season by ITV. There is no word just yet on who is in prime position to land the project, though both NBC and ABC are thought to be contenders.