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Bay Watch

''Armageddon'' filmmakers plan TV crime drama. Director Michael Bay says the ABC show would be an ''Untouchables''-like feds-vs.-gangsters saga

Action-blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer has found success on the small screen in recent years (the ''CSI'' franchise, ''Without a Trace''), so why shouldn't his frequent big-screen partner, director Michael Bay, follow him into television? According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bay and screenwriter Shane Salerno, who worked together on ''Armageddon,'' will be making a drama pilot for ABC, this time without any asteroids or animal crackers. It'll be a crime drama with echoes of ''The Untouchables,'' a saga of feds-vs.-gangsters set in Chicago.

Unlike ''Untouchables,'' the yet-untitled show will be set in the present day. The protagonists will be two men who were childhood friends, one now a federal prosecutor and the other a crime kingpin. Salerno, who cocreated NBC's short-lived ''UC: Undercover,'' would script and ''Bad Boys''' Bay would direct.

''I've waited a long time to find the right project in television,'' Bay told the Reporter.''This is something that's gotten me excited, where we can really delve into two different characters and watch their lives collide.''

Up next for Bay is the big-screen remake of ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,'' which he produced, and which opens Oct. 17. Salerno cowrote the franchise merger ''Alien vs. Predator,'' which begins shooting this month in Prague.

Originally posted Oct 10, 2003