CBS has given a put pilot commitment to the A Burglar’s Guide to the City TV show pilot based on the book by Geoff Manaugh. Deadline reports the new potential drama comes from Scorpion executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Justin Lin, Heather Kadin, and co-EP Paul Grellong.
Grellong is writing the action procedural. Lin, who directed the Scorpion pilot, may helm the pilot for A Burglar’s Guide, too. Deadline says it, “…centers on a team of modern-day Robin Hoods, led by a brilliant architect with a troubled past. They use their unique skills to gain access to any stronghold in order to steal from rich criminals and give to those who have been wronged by a corrupt system.”
Here is more on the book, from BurglarsGuide.com:
A Burglar’s Guide to the City
Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city.
At the core of A Burglar’s Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it.
Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and break-ins, the book draws on the expertise of reformed bank robbers, FBI Special Agents, private security consultants, the L.A.P.D. Air Support Division, and architects past and present.
Whether picking locks or climbing the walls of high-rise apartments, finding gaps in a museum’s surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome, A Burglar’s Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.
Out now, from FSG Originals. Read an excerpt from the book in The New York Times Magazine and a profile of the author in The Wall Street Journal. Listen to the author on NPR’s Marketplace, on Forum from KQED, on DnA from KCRW, or on The Current from the CBC.
Geoff Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG, one of the most acclaimed architecture & design sites on the web.
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