CBS has announced they will produce a television adaptation of the 2016 book, “A Burglar’s Guide to the City,” with a storyline that centers on modern-day Robin Hoods led by a talented architect. Written by futurist Geoff Manaugh of BLDG BLOG, the book serves a blueprint to the urban fabric’s various potentials for crime. Manaugh uses architecture to study structures and their weak points that could allow for a possible break-in (i.e. elevator shafts, walls of high-rise apartments, gaps in museum surveillance).
The book even references real heists that have changed its readers' day-to-day perspective on architecture.
“A Burglar’s Guide to the City shows that architecture is too important to leave to just the architects," said architect Bjarke Ingels about the book.
Executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Justin Lin and Heather Kadin, and co-executive producer Paul Grellong will head the development of the series. Grellon, who wrote the script, is also well-known for Revolution and Law & Order: SVU. CBS has currently committed to producing a "put pilot" for A Burglar’s Guide to the City, which is an agreement that guarantees the network will air the show or face providing significant monetary conpensation. CBS will then review to consider adding it to their full lineup of shows.
A Burglar’s Guide to the City spent two consecutive months on the New York Times Month Bestseller list for crime. At the time of its publishing, Paola Antonelli, the Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at the Museum of Modern Art, wrote, “In his new book, elegant, perverse, sinuous supervillains maneuver and master the city like parkour champions. I see the TV series already.”
Her hypothesis has now become a reality.
News Via: Deadline