USA Network announced the pilot pick-up of the CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions drama EVIL MEN, starring Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Clifton Collins Jr. (“Pacific Rim”). The pilot is from writer and executive producer Daniel Taplitz (“Breakin’ All the Rules”). Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected”), Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) and Mary Beth Basile (“October Road”) also serve as executive producers. Fleder is set to direct.
“This supernatural drama is a symbolic tale of good versus evil set in the everyday modern world,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original Programming, USA Network, “It is a highly relatable story that begs the question of just how far we would go to protect our families.”
EVIL MEN follows an upstanding, middle-class family man whose life is turned upside down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and commanded to kill “evil men” or see his family – along with his city – utterly destroyed. However, the gleeful psycho who is meant to be his first target, instead begins teaching him how to carry out his new destiny.
Roberts takes on the role of Harry Killas, the good husband and loving father who is tasked with an unthinkable mandate by the mysterious and vengeful supernatural force. Collins will play Lazlo Kirk, the profoundly evil former war criminal with magnetic charm and a deep, unpredictable violent streak, who forces himself into Harry’s life on a twisted mission of personal redemption.
EVIL MEN is the fifth drama pilot to be picked up by USA this season, joining Carlton Cuse’s (“Bates Motel”) COLONY, starring Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”); MR. ROBOT from Anonymous Content (“True Detective”), starring Christian Slater (“The Adderall Diaries”) and Rami Malek (“24”); Universal Cable Production’s STANISTAN, starring Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”); and QUEEN OF THE SOUTH based on the international best seller “La Reina del Sur” starring Alice Braga (“City of God”).