ABC revs up drama slate with 'Speed'
by Josef Adalian
ABC's drama development slate is picking up "Speed."
Alphabet net has ordered a script for a new take on the 1994 blockbuster, which starred Keanu Reeves and Jeff Daniels as SWAT team partners. Skein will be a prequel, taking place years before Reeves and co-star Sandra Bullock confronted a bus that was rigged to explode if it dropped below 50 mph.
Jon Cowan and Robert Rovner -- the scribes behind last season's unsold Fox pilot "Eastwick" -- will write and exec produce the project from 20th Century Fox Television, whose sibling film studio produced the original feature. Graham Yost, who wrote the film, is on board as an exec producer, as is original "Speed" producer Mark Gordon.