EXCLUSIVE: The last policeman, an adaptation of the science fiction detective novel by Ben Winters The last policeman, received a pilot order from Fox.
This is the network’s first pilot order of the 2021/22 development season. Deadline noted that the project was focusing on a pilot order in our latest Pilot 2021 Buzz roundup.
The hour-long project, which has a slightly different title from the book, will be written, directed and produced by the lonely star and Awake creator via his Chapter Eleven production banner. It’s part of Killen’s direct, exclusive, broadcast-only talent deal he signed with the network in February 2020.
The last policeman follows a small town police detective who, as an asteroid rushes into an apocalyptic collision with Earth, thinks she was chosen to save humanity, while her cynical partner can’t decide what he will appreciate most: his delusional failure, or the end of the world itself.
The book was first published in 2012 and won the Edgar Award in the Best Original Paperback category before being followed by two subsequent books – Countdown city and World of problems.
In 2016, NBC gave a pilot engagement to an adaptation with Neal Moritz producing with Sony TV.
Fox Entertainment and 20th Television will produce with Chapter Eleven’s Scott Pennington, Winters and Anonymous Content will executive produce.
The last policeman the pilot order is part of Fox’s mixed approach to scripted originals; the network began placing direct orders for the series, such as its anthology drama order Accused of 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa and lodge creator / executive producer David Shore, as well as traditional development and pilot commands and a story-to-series template that uses a writers room for projects such as Monarch and Karin Gist and Lee Daniels’ Our kind of people.
Killen is represented by WME and Anonymous Content and Winters is represented by CAA, literary agent Joelle Delbourgo for publishing and attorney Bruce Gellman.