Fox Pilot THE BIG LEAP Dances Into Chicago

Fox Pilot THE BIG LEAP Dances Into Chicago

Is it scripted TV? Or is it a reality series? That's the question with Fox pilot THE BIG LEAP, which is set to shoot in Chicago this March. And the answer: it's a scripted ballet-themed hourlong comedy-drama inspired by the UK reality series BIG BALLET. Director-producer Jason Winer is set to direct the Fox pilot, from THE PASSAGE writer/executive producer Liz Heldens and producer Sue Naegle. The project is a co-production between 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment.

Written by Heldens, THE BIG LEAP centers on a group of diverse underdogs from all different walks of life who compete to be part of a competition reality series that is putting on a modern, hip remake of “Swan Lake.” What they lack in the traditional dancer body type, they make up for with their edge, wit and desire to reimagine an iconic story to fit their own mold.

You Should Know Who Liz Heldens Is

Heldens is also executive producing THE BIG LEAP with Naegle, Winer and Peter Dale of UK company Rare Day, which produced the reality series that inspired the pilot. Heldens developed THE PASSAGE for Fox based on the book trilogy by Justin Cronin. She also served as showrunner and executive producer on the series. Her other credits include creating the shows DECEPTION and MERCY and co-creating the series CAMP. She also served as a writer and producer on shows like FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and THE ORVILLE.

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