Much as Jamie Foxx recently scraped together all of the loose ends of various shows about ass-kicking female secret ops agents, the mob, and lawyers into one shepherd’s pie of TV trans-fats, Pirates Of The Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is preparing to make the jump to television with a series that combines ye olde standby the courtroom drama with the recent trend toward witches and warlocks into one genre-riffic show called Magical Law. It would be set “in a world where the existence of supernatural beings is commonplace and follows the specialized cops and lawyers who face the unique challenges of prosecuting otherworldly crimes.”
If the premise sounds familiar, that’s because it’s sort of like the similarly prospective Zombies Vs. Vampires, which is set in a world where the existence of supernatural beings is commonplace and follows the specialized cops and lawyers who face the unique challenges of prosecuting otherworldly crimes—albeit ones that mostly have to do with zombies and vampires. Magical Law, by contrast, has wizards. Of course, that just makes it sound even more like NBC’s proposed “adult Harry Potter” drama “set in a world ruled not by science but by magic.” But Magical Law, by contrast, has lawyers. In fact, it would be overseen by lawyer turned producer of The Practice Jeff Rake, who would presumably bring a sense of courtroom verisimilitude to stories about mystical monsters and stuff.
So actually, what it really sounds like is Supernatural Law—a.k.a. Wolff & Byrd, Counselors Of The Macabre—the Batton Lash comic series that’s not mentioned at all in reports of the script being handled by Pirates writer Terry Rossio. Hopefully Lash also has some magical lawyers.