The play received its second pilot order in several years as a Disney-backed broadcaster.
ABC is committed to exploring national parks with Kevin Costner.
The Disney-supported broadcast network has placed a pilot order on the play written by National Parks, the Yellowstone star.
The pickup marks the second pilot order in two years for the project from A + E Studios and Disney’s 20th Television. ABC was unable to show the film the pilot last year amid expanded options on pandemics and drones on the drama of Aaron Hellbing (The Flash).
National parks revolve around a small group of elite NPS agents as they solve these crimes while protecting their national treasures. Costner, Helbing and John Baird will co-write the script. The trio perform the production together with A + E Studios president Barry Jossen and Tana Jameson. Rod Lake, Evan Cohen and Ken Helsband will oversee Costner Territory Pictures Entertainment. Anthony Hemingway will produce and direct the pilot.
Costner said of writing the project, “Our partners at ABC, 20th Television and A + E Studios have given me a great atmosphere to get out of my comfort zone and do something special.” The source notes Costner, who currently starred in Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, will not have an acting role in national parks.
National Park marks ABC’s latest collaboration with A + E Studios. The division is part of the A + E Networks family, co-owned by Hearts Communications and Disney. David E. as a co-production from A + E Studios at ABC. Kelly’s freshman drama is also Big Sky. Helging, who has a first-glance deal with A + E, recently worked as a showrunner on The CW’s The Flash. His credits also include Spartacus.
National Park (formerly known as ISB) is ABC’s fifth drama pilot order of the 2021 season and the second holdover from last year (included in Triage, which was filmed last year and remains in contention).