A&E Picks Up Michael Bay’s ‘Occult’

The network orders a pilot episode from the Transformers director and screenwriter James Wong.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last March, A&E was reportedly developing Rosario Dawson's "O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce" comic book series as a potential TV show alongside "The Walking Dead" executive producer, Gale Anne Hurd. Although there has been little word on "O.C.T" since the initial announcement, it is no longer the only occult themed drama on the network's docket.

According to Deadline, A&E has placed a a cast-contingent pilot order for a new drama called "Occult," which follows "a FBI agent who returns from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Eager to be back on the job, he is paired with an agent with her own complicated backstory who specializes in the occult. Together, they will solve cases for the newly formed occult crimes task force."

Despite the official description using the words "occult crimes task force," it's not clear if "Occult" is connected to Dawson's "O.C.T.;" which she co-created with David Atchison and Tony Shasteen. "Occult" is being executive produced by Transformers director, Michael Bay, with veteran TV producer James Wong attached to write the script and executive produce the potential series as well.

Wong has a long history in genre television, including memorable stints on "The X-Files," "Space: Above and Beyond" and "Millennium" in addition his more recent credits for "The Event" and "American Horror Story." Wong also directed the first Final Destination film and Final Destination 3.

In addition to "Occult," Bay is currently producing the Treasure Island prequel series, "Black Sails" for Starz and "The Last Ship," a post-apocalyptic drama that got a pilot order from TNT earlier this year.


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