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Fox Picks Up Max Landis’ Vigilant

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Max Landis, son of John and the writer behind Chronicle, the darkly unique and dramatic "found footage" account of superpowered individuals released earlier this year, has teamed with producer Howard Gordon (24, Homeland) for Vigilant, a police drama featuring a crime fighting vigilante.

Max Landis, son of John and the writer behind Chronicle, the darkly unique and dramatic
“found footage” account of superpowered individuals released earlier this year, has teamed with producer Howard Gordon (24, Homeland) for Vigilant, a police drama featuring a crime fighting vigilante.

On Monday, it was revealed that Fox has officially picked up the show.

So far, we know the basic premise of Vigilant is this: a 20-year old, female “social outcast” becomes a vigilante in order to take down criminals and corrupt police officers. Before bringing up the failure that was The Cape, know that Landis doesn’t think of Vigilant as a superhero show. “Vigilant comes at the whole equation of what a “vigilante” in a very different way, the writer recently tweeted. “It has more in common with The Wire than Smallville.” Several tweets like the one quoted were posted by Landis in the wake of the Fox announcement hoping to convince everyone that his show won’t simply be a superhero tale.

I loved Landis’ take on heroes and villains in Chronicle and hope it carries over into the new series. Gordon, who helped make 24, Fox’s mega-hit, hopefully has a solid enough relationship with the network to ensure Landis’ vision isn’t corrupted by suits.

This, Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. series and FX’s Powers makes me incredibly excited for television again. How about you all?

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