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NBC has handed a pilot order to Lincoln (fka The Bone Collector), a drama based on the bestselling book series by Jeffery Deaver which had been previously adapted into the 1999 movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The project hails from writers VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (S.W.A.T.), Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television, whose sibling feature studios shared distribution of the film, in association with Keshet Studios, which has deals with NBC and Uni TV.

Written by Boyd and Bianculli, Lincoln follows legendary forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme, who was seriously injured during his hunt for the diabolic serial killer known as the Bone Collector. Called back into action when the killer re-emerges, Lincoln forms a unique partnership with Amelia Sachs, a young beat cop who helps him hunt the deadly mastermind while also taking on the most high-profile cases in the NYPD.

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Russell Hornsby To Headline ‘Lincoln’ NBC Pilot Based On ‘The Bone Collector’ Books

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Russell Hornsby (The Hate U Give) has been tapped as the title character in NBC’s Lincoln (fka The Bone Collector), a drama pilot based on the bestselling book series by Jeffery Deaver that adapted into the 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

For Hornsby, the casting is in second position to freshman Fox legal drama Proven Innocent. Hornsby plays the male lead in that series, which recently launched on Fridays to so-so ratings.

Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli and directed by Seth Gordon, Lincoln follows legendary forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme (Hornsby), who was seriously injured during his hunt for the diabolic serial killer known as the Bone Collector. Called back into action when the killer re-emerges, Rhyme forms a unique partnership with Amelia Sachs, a young beat cop who helps him hunt the deadly mastermind while also taking on the most high-profile cases in the NYPD. Lincoln Rhyme is a New York City police detective and maverick obsessed with taking down the serial killer known as the Bone Collector.

Hornsby is taking on the role played by Washington in the 1999 movie. Hornsby co-starred opposite Washington in the 2016 feature Fences, which Washington also directed.

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Picked up to series.

The late pickup for Perfect Harmony, Indebted and Lincoln does not necessarily reflect their standings in the NBC pilots pecking order as all had enjoyed internal support. But the projects comes from outside studios, leading to the inevitable last-minute tussle with the network over digital rights (comedies) and ownership/distribution (dramas).

There was an additional reason for the delay of Lincoln‘s official pickup. Its star, Hornsby, was also the lead of Fox’s bubble drama Proven Innocent. While the softly rated midseason series was not expected to be renewed, Fox did not officially cancel it until a couple of hours ago, making Hornsby available.

Lincoln, from writers VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli, Sony TV, Universal TV and Keshet, stars Hornsby and Arielle Kebbel in the roles played by Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in the Bone Collector movie. This is Hornsby return to NBC where he starred on long-running genre procedural Grimm.

LINCOLN

LOGLINE: Inspired by the best-selling book “The Bone Collector,” former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who’s got her own gift for profiling finds herself hot on the killer’s trail, Rhyme in turn finds a partner for this new game of cat and mouse. As the unlikely detective duo joins forces to crack the city’s most confounding cases, they must also race to take down the enigmatic “Bone Collector” who brought them together.


CAST: Russell Hornsby, Arielle Kebbel, Brían F. O’Byrne, Tate Ellington, Courtney Grosbeck, Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, Roslyn Ruff and Michael Imperioli.

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I saw the movie and I'm looking forward to seeing this.  Russell Hornsby should be good, and I'm delighted to see Michael Imperioli again in something.

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