Lee Daniels' The Butler Creative Team Lands Hip-Hop Drama Pilot at Fox

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After a surprise box-office domination this summer, the director/writer team behind Lee Daniels’ The Butler is now looking to carve a niche on network television.

Deadline reports that Butler director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong have teamed up with legendary producer Brian Grazer for a drama project that caused a heated bidding war among the networks before being claimed by Fox.

The pilot, which will be written by Strong and directed by Daniels, has been described as a “family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire.”

Incidentally, this would mark Strong’s return to the network where he got his big break by playing the geeky Jonathan Levinson on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

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