*“The Butler” director Lee Daniels is taking his talents to the small screen.
Daniels and “The Butler” writer Danny Strong are teaming with producer Brian Grazer for a hip hop drama that sparked a heated bidding war among the four major broadcast networks before landing at Fox with a put pilot commitment, reports Deadline.com.
Written by Strong and to be directed by Daniels, the untitled project is described as a unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire. 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV are producing, with Strong, Daniels, Grazer and Francie Calfo executive producing.
The deal for the TV project comes just as Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, crossed the $100 million box office mark in North America. It would mark Daniels’ TV debut, while Strong started his writing career in TV with HBO’s “Recount” and “Game Change,” earning Emmy nominations for both and winning for “Game Change.”
Imagine, meanwhile, produces “Parenthood” on NBC and the rebooted “Arrested Development” on Netflix as well as upcoming series “Gang Related” co-staring Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and “Those Who Kill” on A&E.