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PostSubject: Starz Develops Allan Pinkerton Limited Series With Bob Cochran & Gerard Butler   Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:29 pm

Starz Develops Allan Pinkerton Limited Series With Bob Cochran & Gerard Butler

http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/starz-develops-allan-pinkerton-limited-series-with-bob-cochran-gerard-butler/

EXCLUSIVE: He co-created 24 whose protagonist Jack Bauer often saved the lives of fictitious U.S. presidents. For his next project, Bob Cochran is taking on a man who saved a sitting American president in real life: Allan Pinkerton. Cochran is developing Pinkerton, a 8-10-hour limited series for Starz about the famous spy and detective, with Gerard Butler on board to executive produce. Starz has commissioned a pilot script and a bible for the project, a fictionalized retelling of the exploits of Pinkerton, creator of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, the first detective agency in the U.S. "He was an amazing guy - he took part in all the great sweeping events of the 19th century," Cochran said. Scottish-born Pinkerton, who emigrated to the U.S. at age 23, stumbled upon sleuthing in 1840s Chicago almost by accident. He served as head of the Union Intelligence Service, the forerunner of the U.S. Secret Service. As such, he guarded Abraham Lincoln on his way to his inauguration and foiled an assassination attempt on him in Baltimore. The little-known episode will be featured prominently in the series, Cochran said. Pinkerton also became "the spy master of the North" during the Civil War. His detective agency was hired by the railroad companies to go after outlaw gangs that were robbing trains, including the one led by the infamous Jesse James. Pinkerton caught many robbers but, in what is considered his biggest miss, he wasn't able to track down James. While working for the railroad companies, Pinkerton was also involved with the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used mostly in the 1850s to smuggle slaves to freedom in Canada. "On one hand he was enforcing the law, and on the other hand he was breaking the law," Cochran said. "He was interested in right and wrong, not so much in the the law." At his agency, Pinkerton developed several investigative techniques that are widely used today, including "shadowing" aka survailance, "assuming a role" aka going undercover, as well as using mugshots and profiling. At the time of his death in 1884, he was working on a centralized database of all criminal identification records which is now maintained by the FBI. Cochran is executive producing Pinkerton with Angela Mancuso, who, as an executive at USA Network oversaw the network's mini-series Atilla the Hun, written by APA-repped Cochran. It starred CAA-repped Butler in one of his first lead roles. It was Mancuso who suggested to Cochran that they take the project to Starz and reach out to Butler who, like Pinkerton, is Scottish. The actor quickly came onboard as exec producer. And while Pinkerton is developed as a limited series, Cochran is leaving the door open for a potential second series.

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PostSubject: Re: Starz Develops Allan Pinkerton Limited Series With Bob Cochran & Gerard Butler   Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:00 pm

sounds good. too bad i don't get starz.
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PostSubject: Re: Starz Develops Allan Pinkerton Limited Series With Bob Cochran & Gerard Butler   Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:37 pm

Didn't Starz snatch up the first rights for TUT and LAC as well?
Interesting. I wonder if Gerry will star as well as produce?

Edit: Update - dotnet is saying that he will only be producing


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PostSubject: Re: Starz Develops Allan Pinkerton Limited Series With Bob Cochran & Gerard Butler   Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:39 pm

Neither do I, Sami. I'll just have to wait until it's on the free internet channels like hulu.
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PostSubject: Re: Starz Develops Allan Pinkerton Limited Series With Bob Cochran & Gerard Butler   Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:02 pm

From this article, it sounds like Gerry might also star as well as produce. But GB.net stated previously that he would not star, only produce. So who knows. The Daily Record could be incorrect. Although, I have to say, I would rather see him play Pinkerton than the lead in "Playing The Field". I think Pinkerton would be more compatible with his abilities and talents. I just don't find Gerry very convincing as a romantic lead in a rom com - especially when he is struggling with the American accent. Pinkerton woud allow him to use his natural accent and would be more of a period piece. I think he does better in those, and especially in roles where he has to act more with his expressions and actions than mainly dialogue. JMO.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-interviews/2011/01/02/scots-star-gerard-butler-on-his-dream-role-as-famous-wild-west-detective-86908-22821774/

Scots star Gerard Butler on his dream role as famous Wild West detective

Jan 2 2011 Exclusive by Samantha Booth, Sunday Mail

HOLLYWOOD star Gerard Butler has joined a posse ready to bring the Wild West's most famous detective to the small screen.

The actor wants to play Allan Pinkerton, the Scot who founded a detective agency, foiled an assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln and hunted Jesse James.

Butler is executive producer of a new series from the makers of 24 due to be seen on TV in 2012 - and he is also being tipped to play the Wild West's most famous investigator.

Like Gorbals-born Pinkerton, Paisley's Butler left these shores to find success in America.

On the actor's website, Bob Cochrane, who co-created 24, says of Pinkerton: "He was an amazing guy - he took part in all the great sweeping events of the 19th century."

Judith Josephson, author of Allan Pinkerton: The Original Private Eye, called him a "maverick".

She said: "Many of the techniques he created - shadowing a suspect, having his operatives wear disguises, going undercover, developing code names, hiring women as detectives - were later used as models for the agencies that came after him."

At their height, the Pinkerton Agency employed more detectives than any other in the world and had more agents than there were United States army soldiers.

His agency still exists today as Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations.

It was a far cry from Glasgow's Gorbals, where he was born on July 21, 1819, to William and Isobel Pinkerton.

The family home stood on land now occupied by the city's Central Mosque.

Pinkerton trained as a cooper and was active in the Chartist social reform movement.

He left Scotland for America in 1842 at the age of 23 after becoming disenchanted with the failure to extend the right to vote.

A wanted man himself thanks to his involvement with the Chartists, he left with his new wife Joan Carfrae, a singer.

Judith Josephson believes his early years in the Gorbals, then a notorious slum, and having a price on his head thanks to the Chartists, spurred him on throughout his life.

She said: "His fleeing to America had a lot to do with the principled, driven, innovative man he grew up to be."

Pinkerton lost everything in a shipwreck on his way across the Atlantic. He survived and settled in Chicago, where he became deputy sheriff.

In 1852, he formed the North-Western Police Agency, later to be known as the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, with Chicago attorney Edward Rucker.

Railroad companies were struggling to control their employees and paying a private investigation agency made sense.

Pinkerton's insignia was a large open eye with the motto, "We Never Sleep".

The agency earned a reputation during the 1850s by catching train robbers and it wasn't long before they came to the attention of the country's leaders, including Abraham Lincoln.

In the movie classic Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, it is Pinkerton marshalls who relentlessly pursue the outaws, played by Robert Redford and Paul Newman,

Later, after the outbreak of the American Civil War, Pinkerton was made head of the Union Intelligence Service from 1861 to 1862, the forerunner of the US Secret Service.

He foiled an assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland, while guarding president-elect Lincoln on his way to his inauguration.

Judith Josephson said: "Disguising Lincoln as a farmer, he and his operatives successfully protected Lincoln from the perpetrators of the famed Baltimore Plot to assassinate him.

"During that covert train ride, Pinkerton said to Lincoln, 'Sir, I beg of you, no matter what the circumstances, never attend the theatre.' "Pinkerton later wept when he heard that John Wilkes Booth had killed Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC.

"Pinkerton felt that, had he been protecting his friend Lincoln, the assassination would never have taken place."

During the civil war, Pinkerton's agents often worked undercover as Confederate soldiers and sympathisers.

A hater of slavery, Pinkerton and wife Joan also hid and fed runaway slaves. After leaving the Union Army, Pinkerton continued his detective work, focusing once again on catching train robbers, such as the Reno gang. In 1874, a cargo transportation business commissioned the Pinkerton Agency to catch the James-Younger gang.

The gang, led by Jesse James, killed three of his agents and a sheriff. Pinkerton took it personally and pursued the outlaws long after the railway had withdrawn funding. But he eventually gave up the quest when he was accused of arson during a botched attack on James' family home.

After a career pursuing some of America's most dangerous men, Pinkerton's death in 1884, aged 64, was more mundane.

He slipped on a pavement and bit his tongue. It became infected and he died within days. He had been working to centralise all criminal identification records, a database now maintained by the FBI.

His sons William and Robert continued running the agency, and were soon on the trail of train robbers such as the Wild Bunch gang of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

A member of the USA's Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, Pinkerton is buried in a Chicago cemetery.

His tombstone reads: "A friend to honesty, a foe to crime. He sympathised with slaves and laboured earne stly for the i r freedom.

"Hating wrong and loving good, he was strong, brave, tender and true."

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PostSubject: Re: Starz Develops Allan Pinkerton Limited Series With Bob Cochran & Gerard Butler   Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:15 pm

I would agree with you, Dallas. I'd rather see Gman do something he is capable than to mess up something he really doesn't put his whole heart into. And no more rom-coms. No more American comedies. Should have never done them, and that's been my stance since before he started doing them.

There's a lot of good history with Pinkerton. It would be a worthwhile project.
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PostSubject: Re: Starz Develops Allan Pinkerton Limited Series With Bob Cochran & Gerard Butler   Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:12 pm

I totally agree with you, Dallas and Alice. I don't know what he finds in rom coms. Does he not want to play any roles with depth?
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