Vin Diesel is moving behind the scenes and to the small screen with a new procedural drama, reports Variety.
NBC has reportedly bought a script for First Responders, a one-hour drama series that is currently in development. The action movie star is credited as an executive producer of the show.
Not surprisingly, it promises to be action-packed. The show focuses on young military veterans who are struggling to re-enter society, and decide to form an elite search and rescue team. Team leaders Doc and Lil Pierce serve as a surrogate family for the rest of the team. In a dramatic twist, the pair, who are husband and wife, are searching for their missing son.
The show will be written by Jesse Stern, best known as a writer in the video game world, including the Call of Duty and Titanfall franchises. He has had his hand in the TV world as well, having served as a writer and producer on the popular CBS series NCIS.
Also executive producing is Samantha Vincent from Diesel’s One Race Television, as well as Jeff Fierson of ASAP Entertainment. Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Rampage) will direct, while Shana Waterman will serve as co-executive producer and will oversee the project.
First Responders will join some very successful films under Diesel’s One Race Films wing, including the Fast and Furious franchise, Pitch Black, and The Chronicles of Riddick. While those films all starred Diesel himself, it appears the actor will not be in front of the camera for this new television project.
Diesel (whose real name is Mark Sinclair) provided the voice of Groot in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy, and he reprised his role as alpha male Dominic Toretto in Furious 7 in 2015. He’ll next appear on screen in the war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (November 11), followed by Fast 8, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, all of which are currently in post-production and confirmed for 2017.