According to Hollywood Reporter, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have sold an Untitled Romeo Project to ABC along with business partner James Lassiter. The comedy will center around a young charismatic Dominican man (played by Anthony “Romeo” Santos) from Washington Heights “who tries to please his very traditional, immigrant father while also creating a life that reflects his new vision of the American Dream.” In real life, Santos is the lead singer for popular Dominican Bachata group Aventura. The show is slightly based on Santos’ real life relationship with his father.
Chris Pappas and Mike Bernier (Unhitched, One Night Stan) will be the project’s writers and executive producers; while the Smiths and Lassiter will serve as executive producers. If turned into a series, the show would join the Smiths’ growing empire, which includes the films The Karate Kid and The Secret Life of Bees, along with Broadway’s Fela! and the recently canceled TNT medical drama Hawthorne.