Friday, June 22, 2018
TV and Media

TV series in the works for Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford character

With its setting on and around Sanibel Island and its lively cast of Florida eccentrics, Randy Wayne White's bestselling crime fiction series about marine biologist and secret agent Doc Ford has always seemed screenworthy. Now it's on its way to television screens — CBS has a series in development based on Captiva, one of the Ford books. White, who lives on Sanibel, says, "My ICM agent in Hollywood ... called and said that producer Rick Rosenthal and CBS wanted to option a book." He wasn't directly involved in negotiations, White says, but "I'll be a co-producer or something." His biggest concern was "that we get a really good writer, and I think we did with Chris Gerolmo," whose credits include The Bridge and Mississippi Burning. There are plans to film on location in southwest Florida. As for who should play Doc Ford, White says, "I would hope it's somebody who can underplay a part, somebody who understands the weird and wonderful character who is Doc Ford." No dates for the series are set yet, but White's 21st Ford novel, Bone Deep, will be published in March.

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