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Fox Orders Superhero Pilot From HOMELAND Mastermind Howard Gordon And CHRONICLE Screenwriter Max Landis!!

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Writer-producer Howard Gordon, the prolific “Homeland” mastermind whose TV credits include “The X-Files,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “24” and “Awake,” wants into the superhero game.

Fox just greenlit to pilot “Vigilant,” which Gordon is producing from a teleplay by “Chronicle” screenwriter Max Landis.

The Hollywood Reporter describes the premise:

The project is described as a "superhero" origin story told through the unlikely point of view of a smart 20-year-old woman who happens to be a social outcast. After an honorable veteran detective is brutally coerced into working for the corrupt head of Internal Affairs, the detective's daughter plans her revenge by creating a fictional vigilante persona to take on the criminal elements within the police department and the city.

With Gordon and Landis in the mix, I suspect this could turn out a lot better than other recent TV-superhero fare like “The Cape” and “No Ordinary Family.”

Find all of the Reporter’s exclusive on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Need more Bauer.

    by sways

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by sways

    Let us edit our mistakes, man!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    The race is on to compete with Marvel's SHIELD

    by sways

    No doubt meaning a lot of shit we'll never even see - But should be a couple of diamonds in the rough.. This could be one of em.. <p> As soon as Rocket hits the screen - <p> Talking animals will be FUCKING EVERYWHERE

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Max Landis

    by sways

    The ONE of us that hit the right time/right place and who will now ride his comic book saturated mind to the beds of 20-something wannabes, Obama benefits and an early retirement. <p> Could've been any one of us with talent/skill right time/right place. It was Max Landis. <p> Good on him? <p> Or shall I start printing up Fuck You Max Landis tees?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Getting flashbacks -

    by sways

    To the time my 2rd favorite ex-girlfriend stopped talking to me. <p> NOTHING from her... <p> ..I just kept on talking..

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by Rakesh Patel

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    It all worked out in the end though.

    by sways

    She tasted great and I've still got leftovers in the freezer to see me through like two more winters. <p> BOOM!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Not afraid to admit

    by Pete Michaelson

    That I liked No Ordinary Family. I thought it was generally entertaining and the acting was decent. I recognize that it was too schizophrenic; never finding that balance between dark and heart-warming, but I still enjoyed it.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    6 seasons and a movie!

    by Darth_Nader

    book it!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Better be a catsuit

    by Fred

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Sounds generic, but we'll see

    by FreeBeer

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    So it's Batgirl by way of 'The Cape.'

    by Bill C.

    I give it six weeks.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    So it's a pseudo-realistic take on Batgirl? Yawn.

    by Messiahman

    Sorry, but this just doesn't sound terribly intriguing. Especially coming from Landis, whose script for CHRONICLE was generic, by-the-numbers psychic powers and superhero stuff that was only redeemed by the relative novelty of the found footage approach (the film was better directed than written). This just sounds like he's trying to marry a crime drama with a comic book vigilante, and that's old hat. And let's remember that the his last television work consisted of incredibly tepid episodes of MASTERS OF HORROR and FEAR ITSELF>

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    messiahman is correct!

    by IAmTommyWiseau


  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Six Seasons and a Movie!

    by Crow3711

    The Cape!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    On the plus side...

    by Messiahman

    If the show goes to series, maybe we'll get less of Landis' obnoxiously unfunny tweets. Not to mention if he's busy working on a series, various Comicon parties will be spared his screaming "don't you know who I am" tantrums when he's denied entry.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    who happens to be a social outcast

    by Bass Ackwards

    Is that Hollywood Reporter synopsis sarcastic, I can't tell? What is unlikely about the fact that she's a 20 year old girl? And she happens to be a social outcast? Like that's a serendipitous coincidence that's helpful to this plot? Usually someone's friends will talk you out of being a superhero vigilante, but not this girl, she HAPPENED to be an outcast!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    how can a "fictional vigilante persona"

    by Raymond Shaw

    take on criminal elements?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Sad Gordon wants to be the new Bochco/Kelley.

    by mjgtexas

    Strike while the iron is hot and stretch himself thin rather than concentrate on the show that put him on top; a decision that will surely lead to sucky 4th and 5th seasons. I can feel a Cop Rock reboot on the horizon

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Chronicle was a huge piece of shit.

    by Jobacca

    And so is Landis.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    The main charcter should be

    by GhostDad

    The child of an actor who was beheaded on set due to an irresponsible director.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    JJL fan, huh ghostdad?

    by dihay

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    So she's a woman with the power to notice the fuck out of every single little thing? What's her super-power then?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    where's the "24" movie already? huh? huh?

    by cozy

  • This shows sounds like pure crap and if its anything as dull and boring as Supernatural than no thank you.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Theobserver it has more to do with

    by SisterSpooky

    Rights to the ideas, concept and brand names I do believe. Networks can't just make any DC or Marvel character without first consulting the people who own the rights. It'll all end in legal Lawsuits against Networks and producers. A costly battle that Networks would love to avoid. Hence all the Original Superhero shows.