Former X-Files writer prepping new Fringe-esque Occult series

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Mar 12, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

That Fringe-sized hole in the fall schedule might not be there for too long, as A&E is prepping a new X-Files-styled series created by a bona fide X-Files alum.

The cable network has nailed down the cast for former X-Files writer James Wong’s new series Occult, about a team of FBI agents working for the government’s occult crimes task force. Josh Lucas (Poseidon) and Lynn Collins (John Carter) will star as the two agents at the center of the story. The series is being produced by Michael Bay.

Here’s the synopsis, via Deadline:

Occult, which draws parallels to X-Files and Fringe, centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns 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 Noa Blair (Collins), an agent with her own complicated backstory who specializes in the occult. Together, they will solve cases for the newly formed occult crimes task force.

The cable network is making a hard push into genre-tinged fare this year, along with the upcoming Psycho prequel Bates Motel. This sounds like a classic premise for a sci-fi show, drawing heavily from everything from X-Files to Night Stalker, but its success will all depend on how well they can build a mythos.

But with Wong’s experience on X-Files, that shouldn’t be too hard to figure out.

Do you plan on checking this one out?

(Via Deadline)