Michael Bay is expanding his television interests. The explosions feature film director recently set up a pirate drama at Starz called Black Sails, and now THR reports that he’ll produce a cop drama at A&E called Occult through his Platinum Dunes banner. The story will center on an FBI agent who has returned from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Eager to be back on the job, he is paired with an agent with her own complicated backstory who specializes in the occult. The duo set out to solve cases as part of the newly formed occult crimes task force. James Wong, who wrote and directed the first and third Final Destination films, will pen the script. He’s no stranger to television, as he previously wrote for 21 Jump Street, The X-Files, and American Horror Story.
Occult is one of a number of pilots that A&E is developing for the upcoming season, including a Psycho prequel series called Bates Motel from Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. The order is not to series, so the network will look at the pilot before committing to further episodes of Occult.