Though filmmaker Bryan Singer is pretty busy putting the finishing touches on this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, it appears that he’s carving some time out of his schedule to direct a high-profile TV pilot. Singer is now onboard to take the helm of the pilot for Battle Creek, an impending CBS series that hails from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who actually first wrote the pilot for the network back in 2002 before they passed on the project. When Gilligan came off the wild success of sticking the landing of Breaking Bad, the network magically rediscovered the project (which they still owned) and put it back into active development with a straight-to-series order.
The folks over at The Wrap report that Singer has signed on to direct the pilot for Battle Creek. The show revolves around two detectives who posses very different world views, but are teamed up to work alongside one another. “Together, they must answer the question: is cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek Michigan in the face of a lack of resources, or will naivete and trust get the job done?” In the wake of HBO’s True Detective, this logline now has a certain air of familiarity.
Though Gilligan created and initially developed Battle Creek at CBS, it’s House M.D. creator/executive producer David Shore who will be acting as the day-to-day showrunner on the series while Gilligan remains involved in an executive producer capacity. The prospect of Singer directing the pilot for Battle Creek actually makes a lot of sense, as the X-Men filmmaker also helmed the pilot for House and acted as an executive producer on that Fox series. CBS has already given Battle Creek a 13-episode order, so the show is nearly guaranteed to make it on the air.
Though Singer may be nearing the release date of Days of Future Past, he already has his next feature film project lined up: the DOFP sequel X-Men: Apocalypse. One assumes Battle Creek will act as a bit of a palate cleanser before he dives back into the X-Men universe, as Apocalypse is already slated for release on May 27, 2016.