Spike TV Plans “Pendergast” Series Adaptation

Spike TV and “The Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd are teaming for “Pendergast,” a TV drama series adaptation of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s best-selling novel series following the character of FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast.

In the novels the character is a highly intelligent, well-mannered, aloof and eccentric slender man who comes from a rich Louisiana family, most of whom are committed or deceased. His wife was killed by a lion years before in Africa, and his brother driven criminally insane during a traumatic childhood incident. Agent Pendergast usually investigates various serial killings, many of which have a highly unusual style to them.

Fifteen novels in the series have been published so far and dealt with everything from diamond heists and zombie cults to a genetically altered beast in the museum of natural history. The first novel in the series, “Relic,” was adapted into the 1997 feature “The Relic” but omitted Pendergast’s character, combining him with his main secondary character NYPD Lt. Vincent D’Agosta.

The first season of the series will skip ahead of that novel and the sequel “Reliquary,” instead the synopsis sounds like it’s starting with the third novel 2002’s “Cabinet of Curiosities”. Set in contemporary New York, Pendergast investigates three dozen remains found within a 19th-century charnel house unearthed at a construction site – bodies with parts of the spine missing. He soon finds himself investigating a new series of 20th century copycat killings, all of which has links to his own family’s dark past.

“Black Swan” scribe John McLaughlin will pen the script and executive produce with Hurd through her Valhalla Entertainment banner and Paramount Television. This marks yet another novel series adaptation in the works at Spike, the other being based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars” trilogy.

Source: The Live Feed