*HBO is getting into bed with Common, even though he’s seeing another network at the moment.
The rapper/actor has signed a two-year first-look deal with HBO that will see him develop projects for the cable channel through his Freedom Road Productions alongside his manager/partner Derek Dudley and head of development and production Nicole Dow, reports Deadline.com.
It was Showtime, however, that gave Common his first scripted pilot order as a producer. As previously reported, the rapper’s Chicago-set drama from writer Lena Waithe is described as “a coming-of-age story about a young African American male in which just growing up can be a matter of life and death.” Clark Johnson is directing and serves as an executive producer.
As an actor, Common will next be seen in the features “Barbershop 3,” “Suicide Squad,” “Coco,” “Being Charlie” and “Hunter Killer.” He also plays the gatekeeper of Oz in NBC’s upcoming “The Wiz Live!”