With AMC’s “The Walking Dead” regularly trouncing the broadcast networks in ratings these days, it’s no surprise that everyone’s looking to get into business with the show’s executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. She got a pilot order for WWII alien invasion drama “Horizon” at USA Network, NBC’s working with her on an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s CIA assassin novel “The Eleventh Commandment” and AMC’s developing a series about Area 51 with her.
The most recent network to get into business with Hurd is FX, who according to Deadline have put a new project from her and Universal Cable Productions called “Crash and Burn” into development. Loosely inspired by Kevin Conley’s 2009 nonfiction book “The Full Burn: On the Set, at the Bar, Behind the Wheel, and Over the Edge with Hollywood Stuntmen,” “Crash and Burn” is a period drama about Doc Dixon, who works as a stuntman in the ’70s in the pre-CGI, post-Vietnam film industry, balancing his home life, the union and the dangerous nature of his profession. Jeffrey Lieber, who scripted the original pilot for “Lost” and is currently showrunner on USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” is the writer.
The world of stunt performers has gone relatively underexplored by movies and TV, though over the years Burt Reynolds (“Hooper”), Lee Pace (“The Fall”), Ryan Gosling (“Drive”), Steve Railsback (“The Stunt Man”), Grant Page (“Stunt Rock”) and Zoë Bell (“Death Proof”) have all played one.