ABC has bought a second high-profile drama project that takes on Robert Louis Stevenson’s split-personality tale of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” reports Deadline.
“Jekyll & Hyde,” from ABC Studios, studio-based Mark Gordon Co. and feature writer Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), is described as a suspenseful, darkly romantic retelling of the classic tale with a unique sci-fi twist that I hear may be cloning-related. “Set in modern-day San Francisco, it centers on a female criminal psychologist who is drawn into the mysterious world of a brilliant but inhibited scientist and his volatile alter ego.”
Going into this development season, ABC brass identified the “Jekyll & Hyde” lore as one of the areas they wanted to mine. Now the network has 2 high-profile projects to choose from, the Matt Lopez/Mark Gordon “Jekyll & Hyde,” and the recently sold “Hyde,” from writer Sheldon Turner. It’s about an ER doctor whose id manifests itself as a different person when he goes to sleep as a result of an experiential medical treatment.