Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson Bring Cop Drama To A&E

The "Homicide" veterans will collaborate on "The Box," a rare half hour drama.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Unlike AMC and FX, A&E has had some profound difficulty while trying to find a TV drama that is both a popular and critical hit. However, that may be about to change.

A&E has ordered two scripts for "The Box," a half-hour cop drama that takes place primarily in a police interrogation room. "Homicide" collaborators Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson will reteam for the potential series, with Fontana slated to write the first two episodes.

Unlike most cop dramas, the majority of "The Box" will focus on the verbal war between the cops and their suspect of the week in the interrogation room as they try to get a confession. Interspersed with the interrogation will be smaller clips that flesh out the crime, the investigation and the legal obstacles along the way.

A&E's President and General Manager, Bob DeBitetto praised the news in a statement: "'The Box' takes the most thrilling scene of a crime procedural and puts it at center stage in a unique format. We are thrilled to partner with the exceptionally creative Tom Fontana on the development of this project.”

Fontana has previously written for "St. Elsewhere" and "The Beat," but he is best known for creating or co-creating "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Oz," "The Philanthropist" and "The Jury."

Levinson is primarily known for directing popular films like "The Natural," "Rain Man," "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Young Sherlock Holmes" and "Wag The Dog." In addition to serving as an executive producer of Fontana's "Oz," Levinson also co-created "The Jury" and helped develop "Homicide" with Fontana.

Fontana and Levinson also have "Musketeers 3.0" in development at the CW, which is also a cop drama that follows a rookie police officer.


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