big thunder mountain railroad ryan reynolds gothica pilots abc ABC pilot orders: Big Thunder Mountain, gothic monsters and Ryan Reynolds

ABC is making a rather interesting and eclectic choice with Tuesday’s (Jan. 29) pilot orders. The picks range from a show based on the Big Thunder Mountain ride in the Disney theme parks to the monsters of gothic novels (like “Frankenstein”) come to life. Altogether, four drama pilots were ordered.

A project based on Big Thunder Mountain will be set in a mining town in the 19th century. A brilliant New York City doctor and his family relocate there, where a mysterious tycoon runs the show. All will not be what it seems. Jason Fuchs and Chris Morgan wrote the pilot and will executive produce.

“Gothica” is a supernatural, gothic, soapy drama set in the present day but featuring many of the monsters of the 19th century. Legendary figures like Dracula, Dorian Gray, Frankenstein (not sure if it’s the monster or the man), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde all feature. This project, written by Matt Lopez, resembles “Penny Dreadful,” a series ordered by Showtime. That series uses many of the same gothic characters but is set in Victorian London.

“Murder in Manhattan” is a dramedy executive-produced  by Ryan Reynolds, Allan Loeb, Maria Maggenti (who wrote the pilot script), Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl. The show would focus on a mother-daughter duo who team-up solve mysteries.

The final pilot of the bunch is “Reckless” from Chris Black and Martin Campbell. It tells the story of a professional problem solver whose wife is unjustly imprisoned overseas. Political intrigue, danger and high stakes all come into play to save her.

Posted by:Laurel Brown