EXCLUSIVE: Former Vikings star Travis Fimmel is set to star in Raised By Wolves, Scott Free Productions’ straight-to-series sci-fi drama for TNT, which will mark Ridley Scott’s TV helming debut. The first series ordered for the Ridley Scott-curated sci-fi programming block on TNT, Raised By Wolves is part of the ramp-up at Scott’s Scott Free, which has seven series on broadcast, cable and streaming, more than it has ever had at one time. The company’s development slate includes two broadcast dramas, Gideon Crew, from writer Chap Taylor, at NBC, and Humint, from writer Kyle Harimoto, at CBS; Girls with Guns, from frequent collaborators Robert and Michelle King, at CBS Access; as well as seven other dramas in consideration for TNT’s sci-fi block at TNT. Those include The Long Dark, created/executive produced by Drew Crevello, eyed to potentially become the second series after Raised By Wolves; and Explorers We, based on the short story by Philip K. Dick, from writer/executive producer Cris Cole and exec producer Isa Dick Hackett who also exec produces Scott Free’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Man In the High Castle. One recent Scott Free project that didn’t sell is a 10-hour anthology Western about Kit Carson, and the company is not giving up on it. As Zucker noted, factoring into Scott Free’s ability to look for and find the best home for its projects is its status as an independent with limited-scope network/studio agreements, including a series of first-look deals at CBS TV Studios for broadcast projects, and the TNT pact for a sci-fi block. Scott Free’s upcoming Fox/20th TV vampire drama series The Passage falls outside of the CBS TV Studios deal as the project originated as a feature at Fox 2000 with Scott Free producing. While Scott Free has always been independent, it does not serve as a studio; it partners with traditional studios who ultimately own the company’s series.
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