ABC is committed to exploring national parks with Kevin Costner.
The Disney-backed broadcast network has handed out a pilot order to National Parks, the drama written by 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 last year was unable to film the pilot amid the pandemic and extended options on the drama from showrunner Aaron Helbing (The Flash).
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National Parks revolves around the small group of elite NPS agents as they solve these crimes while protecting these national treasures. Costner, Helbing and Jon Baird will co-write the script. The trio exec produce alongside A+E Studios president Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson. Rod Lake, Ivan Cohen and Ken Halsband will oversee for Costner’s Territory Pictures Entertainment. Anthony Hemingway will exec produce and direct the pilot.
“Our partners at ABC, 20th Television and A+E Studios have given me a great environment to step out of my comfort zone and deliver something special,” Costner said of writing the project. Sources note Costner, who currently stars in Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, will not have an acting role in National Parks.
National Parks marks ABC’s latest collaboration with A+E Studios. The division is part of the A+E Networks family, which is co-owned by Hearst Communications and Disney. ABC also has David E. Kelley’s freshman drama Big Sky as a co-production from A+E Studios. Helbing, who has a first-look deal with A+E, most recently served as showrunner on The CW’s the Flash. His credits also include Spartacus.
National Parks (formerly known as ISB) is ABC’s fifth drama pilot order of the 2021 season and second holdover from last year (joining Triage, which filmed last year and remains in contention).