CBS has landed the rights to “S.W.A.T.,” a new drama series loosely inspired by the 2003 Sony film remake of the 1975 Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg-produced TV series. CBS TV Studios and Sony Pictures TV will co-produce the series.
The project also boasts some big behind-the-scenes names attached including Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), Neal H. Moritz (“Preacher”), Justin Lin (“Scorpion”) and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (“The Get Down”) who will all executive produce. Thomas is penning and Lin may direct the pilot for the action procedural.
The story follows an African-American SWAT lieutenant torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers. He is tasked to run a new unit of highly trained but rugged outcasts who are the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles. Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J starred in the 2003 film version.
The project has received a pilot production commitment from the network with series penalty behind it.