Spike reignites scripted development

Spike is getting back into scripted television.



The US cable channel’s last original drama, Blue State Mountain, ended in 2011 while its last move into event miniseries was The Kill Point in 2007.

But the network has now unveiled a slate of five special-event miniseries that are currently in development.

Hit Men tells the story of how the mafia took control of the music industry in the 1970s. It is produced by Thinkfactory Media, and comes from Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys), Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy) and Kiss singer Gene Simmons.

The untitled Whitney Bulger project chronicles the rise and fall of Whitney Bulger, one of America’s most notorious criminals who ruled New England’s underworld for decades. It is written by Bobby Moresco and produced by Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels of Asylum Entertainment.

Set in the 1970s, The Lamp is set within the Research and Acquisitions Department of the US military, which was designed to covertly find and acquire all artifacts in religious and mythological texts to determine if they have magical powers – and comes across Aladdin’s Lamp. It is from the Levinson/Fontana Company with writer Brant Englestein.

The untitled Benghazi project is the behind-the-scenes story of the 2012 terrorist attacks on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, based on declassified documents and testimonials. It is produced by Pilgrim Studios and executive producers Craig Piligian and Beth Miller.

iHuman, produced by Raw TV, explores how technology has become integral to human life.

If greenlit, the Viacom-owned network intends to use these miniseries as stepping stones to creating new original dramas.

Source: Spike