NBC has ordered a pilot for the comedy-drama Heist, which chronicles over the course of a season a pair of thieves' attempt to rob a trio of jewelry stores on Beverly Hills' famed Rodeo Drive. The series has been described as an Ocean's 11-style caper.
The pilot will be directed by Doug Liman, who directed the summer action film Mr. & Mrs. Smith as well as the spy-thriller The Bourne Identity and cult hit Swingers. Liman's Hypnotic production company is one of the firms behind the NBC project. Liman has forayed into television before, having directed the pilot of Fox's The O.C., on which Hypnotic is also a producer.
Recently, Hypnotic entered into a deal with CBS for another series, 22 Birthdays, a drama written by Simpsons writers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. Liman will direct that project as well.
The Heist pilot will be written by Mark and Robb Cullen, who worked on the short-lived John Corbett Las Vegas drama Lucky. NBC ordered five additional scripts for Heist, and says that subsequent seasons would follow the same storyline, but set in different cities.