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'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels Planning a Musical About His Life

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Film director and producer Lee Daniels photographed at the 11th Annual Dubai International Film festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on Dec. 14, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Lee Daniels has tackled the music business in Empire and the White House in The Butler -- now he's ready to write about his own life.

The Empire creator reveals to Billboard he's hoping to make a musical based on his life story.

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"My publicist will kill me, but I’m in talks about doing a musical about my life," he tells Billboard. "I’ve had a pretty interesting life. I’ve come from the projects. I’ve been homeless. It’ll have original music and sort of be like Fellini’s 8 1/2 or All That Jazz."

Daniels is currently at work on his new show Star, set to debut in 2017, which he calls the "antithesis" of Empire and likens to a John Waters film. 

A version of this article appeared in the Oct. 8 issue of Billboard.