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October 06, 2014 at 08:08 PM EDT

Eddie Izzard is delving into the detective genre at NBC.

EW has confirmed that NBC and Izzard are working together on Junior Bender, a television adaptation of Timothy Hallinan’s series of comedic crime novels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has given a script commitment to the comedy drama, which will follow the titular thief who moonlights as a private detective for criminals who can’t go to the police.

Jessica Ball will write the script and executive produce alongside Izzard and Sarah Townsend under the Universal Television studio banner. There’s no word on whether Izzard will star in the project, which is still in early stages of development.

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