Mary J. Blige to Produce Music Drama For Fox

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Mary J. Blige attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

'8 Count' is inspired by the life of choreographer Laurieann Gibson.

Fox is looking to Mary J. Blige and choreographer Laurieann Gibson for its next music drama.

The network, home to Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's Empire, has put in development drama 8 Count, inspired by Gibson's life. The drama, from The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley, landed at the network with a sizable penalty attached.

8 Count is described as a music-fueled drama that follows a young choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, must invest in an up-and-coming singer, who also has one last shot at stardom. The project brings Berman, former entertainment president, and Earley, former COO, back to Fox. The duo will exec produce via The Jackal Group. Erika L. Johnson (Shades of Blue, Queen Sugar) will pen the script. Gibson, a multiple Grammy winner, will also exec produce alongside Blige, who will also serve as a music adviser on the drama.

Gibson has choreographed music videos and live performances for the likes of Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and more. Her TV work includes Making the Band, So You Think You Can Dance, Dance Moms and Starmaker. She's repped by APA.

For Fox, 8 Count comes as the network has two music dramas on its schedule — Empire and Star, the latter of which is also from Daniels.

Johnson is repped by APA, Echo Lake Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.

Blige, a nine-time Grammy winner who next co-stars in Netflix feature Mudbound, is with APA.

This article was originally posted on The Hollywood Reporter


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