Monsters Of God, the post-civil war drama project from Commander In Chief creator Rod Lurie, has been picked up to pilot at TNT, it was announced late last night by network topped Kevin Reilly during Turner’s executive panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.
“We’re creating premium shows that are also unapologetically entertaining, whether it’s through the tenuous and unexpected relationship in Good Behavior, the hard-hitting action of The Last Ship, or Monsters of God, our version of a western chock-full of violence, sex and insane characters,” said Sarah Aubrey, Executive Vice-President of Original Programming for TNT.
The hour-long drama explores Colonel “Terrible” Bill Lancaster’s holy war against the Comanche in post-Civil War Texas. Despite the peaceful co-existence between the Comanche and local townspeople, Lancaster sets out on a quest to kill off every single member of the tribe, bringing wild chaos to the town of Slater. Whether by force or free will, change is coming to Texas, and the escalating insanity will reveal humanity at its most monstrous.
Rod Lurie, who created ABC’s one-season wonders Commander In Chief (pictired) and the Leslie Hope starrer Line Of Fire in the early 2000s, penned the script for the pilot and will also direct. Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment for Turner’s Studio T are producing, with Rod Lurie, Marc Frydman, and Plan B’s DeDe Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg serving as the executive producers.
It’s been a long road for Monsters Of God. It has been a passion project for Lurie, who first studied the Comanche Wars during his time with the US Army, and was previously set up at Starz in 2013. The premium cabler developed a script but ultimately passed on the project last year, at which point TNT started to circle, which, following extensive talks between Lurie and the network, led to this pilot order.
Monsters Of God continues TNT’s push towards edgier programming – a move that began with Animal Kingdom and is continuing with the likes of Good Behavior and Will. It becomes the third drama pilot that TNT has ordered in recent months, joining Civil, starring Bradley Whitford and Courtney B. Vance; and Claws, their nail salon dramedy starring Niecy Nash, Harold Perrineau and Jenn Lyon.