Fox is getting an early jump on development season and coming out of the gate swinging with its first drama order.
The network is teaming with wrapper-actor-producer Tip “T.I.” Harris and Jerry Bruckheimer to develop police procedural Atlanta’s Most Wanted. The drama, which landed at Fox with a significant penalty, will star T.I. as Marcus Armstrong, a guy born in Atlanta to an infamous criminal father who is recruited to be part of a new vice squad that tackles the growing criminal elements in his hometown. Marcus’ involvement will jeopardize his own long-held secret that threatens to upend his entire life.
Rodney Barnes (Everybody Hates Chris, The Boondocks) will pen the script for the 20th Century Fox Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television drama. Bruckheimer TV topper Jonathan Littman, Brian Sher, KristieAnne Reid, Rob Hardy and T.I. will exec produce. Mitzi Miller is on board as a co-exec producer and James Oh will produce.
Atlanta’s Most Wanted comes as T.I. has been ramping up his film and TV portfolio. On the TV side, he is teaming with Kevin Hart to develop single-camera comedy The Studio at Showtime. He also has VH1 docuseries Family Hustle, which recently wrapped its sixth season — including its 100th episode — to strong returns for the cable network. On the film side, he begins production this week on The Trap, a feature comedy in which he stars alongside Mike Epps that he’ll also produce via his Grand Hustle Films banner. In July, he begins filming Marvel’s Ant-Man sequel, where he will reprise his role from the first film.
“I am honored to partner with Fox and Bruckheimer on what is truly a passion project for me. It’s going to be amazing to see my city represented in this fashion,” T.I. said.
Atlanta’s Most Wanted expands independent production company Bruckheimer TV’s relationship with Fox where it exec produces the network’s DC Comics take Lucifer. The company’s TV credits also include CBS’ Training Day and veteran The Amazing Race as well as the CSI franchise. Atlanta’s Most Wanted is one of the company’s most high-profile sales since JBTV exited its longtime home at Warner Bros. Television to go independent.
Atlanta’s Most Wanted is one of Fox’s first drama orders for the 2017-18 development season and not part of its off-cycle development push. Should the script come in well,it would be produced in pilot season 2018.
T.I. is repped by CAA and Category 5 Entertainment; JBTV is with CAA; Barnes is with Paradigm, Principato-Young and attorney Darrell D. Miller; Hardy is with Verve, the Rookery and attorney John Meigs.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.