Doc Ford, the NSA-agent turned marine biologist created by Sanibel Island author Randy Wayne White, is not only the inspiration for over 20 novels, three Southwest Florida restaurants, and loads of fan merchandise, but now it looks as if Doc Ford might get his own network series.
Producers from CBS have started developing a "Doc Ford" series based on White's New York Times-bestselling novels.
Chris Gerolmo was reportedly hired to write the adaptation and produce the show alongside Jeffrey Kramer. Gerolmo is known for the 1988 film "Mississippi Burning," starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, the 2013 television series "The Bridge," about two detectives working to find a serial killer on the Texas-Chihuahua border, and the 2005 Iraq War series "Over There."
The negotiations between White's agents and CBS TV Studios lasted more than six months, he said, because he was waiting until they found the perfect writer to bring Doc Ford to the screen.
"CBS really stepped up to the plate and came up with a great writer, Chris Gerolmo. He is really a very good writer and that was key to me to be able to do this," said White.
White said he also wanted to make sure his partners at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille were on board before he agreed to the deal.
"It's very exciting and my partners at the Doc Ford's restaurant, Marty Harrity and Mark Marinello, are all for it and they are excited," said White.
Although he isn't sure whether he will be directly involved with the series, White said he will do whatever he's asked to do to make it a success.
The pilot should be finished by next fall so Doc Ford fans can mark their calendars for the premiere.
A new Doc Ford novel, "Bone Deep" is also scheduled for release in April 2014. It's set in Central Florida's "Bone Valley," known for a black market of illegal artifacts and fossils, and a multi-million dollar phosphate industry. The plot of "Bone Deep," like his other books, will be interwoven with information about Florida's unique history and ecosystem.
White will also embark on a book tour for "Bone Deep," taking him across the state and country.
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