T.I. is coming to television.
The rapper-turned-actor is teaming up with Jerry Bruckheimer to develop a police procedural drama Atlanta’s Most Wanted for FOX.
T.I. will star as Marcus Armstrong, the son of an infamous Atlanta criminal kingpin 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 project. Bruckheimer TV topper Jonathan Littman, Brian Sher, KristieAnne Reed, Rob Hardy and T.I. will executive 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, T.I. begins production this week on The Trap, a feature comedy in which he stars alongside Mike Epps and will 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 Tuesday in a statement.
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.
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