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NBC is taking an early start to the next development cycle with two drama pilot orders.

The network has given the green light to a project from Oscar-nominated "Million Dollar Baby" writer Paul Haggis, and to a retooled version of the Fox pilot "Windfall."

The untitled Paul Haggis project, which will be produced by NBC Universal TV Studio, revolves around two Irish brothers who grow up against a backdrop of organized crime in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York.

Haggis and Bobby Moresco, who wrote and produced the summer indie hit "Crash," penned the project on spec. The two will exec produce the pilot, with Haggis also set to direct. Another "Crash" producer, Mark Harris, is on board as a co-exec producer, while Jeff King ("EZ Streets") is in talks to serve as a producer.

Haggis, whose series credits include "thirtysomething," "Due South," "EZ Streets" and "Family Law," is repped by Larry Becsey of Intellectual Property Group, CAA and attorney Peter Dekom.

Moresco is repped by Becsey and UTA.

"Windfall," from Regency TV, revolves around a diverse group of friends, colleagues and strangers who share a big lottery jackpot.

The original script, written by Laurie McCarthy and Gwendolyn Parker, was picked up to pilot by Fox this past development season. The pilot, exec produced by McCarthy, co-exec produced by Parker and directed by David Semel, starred Luke Perry, Jason Gedrick and Sarah Wynter.

McCarthy will pen the reworked script for NBC and will exec produce the new pilot.

Talks are under way with the show's original cast members, but there are no deals in place.

McCarthy, who was co-exec producer on CBS' "CSI: Miami" and "The Handler" and an exec producer on the WB Network's "Felicity," is repped by UTA and attorney David Fox.

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