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Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment Developing New Crime Dramas For Cinemax, Fox

Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment Developing New Crime Dramas For Cinemax, Fox

Continuing to expand his Overbrook Entertainment empire, Will Smith has reportedly teamed up with Black List writer Chad St. John to develop 2 new drama series for Cinemax and Fox.

The first is an hour-long drama titled Kingpin, which will center on a crafty mid-level drug runner who's trying to exit the business, but is forced back into it (via blackmail) by a dirty CIA agent with plans of his own – essentially, to make him a puppet kingpin.

The second is described as a cat-and-mouse drama, titled Watchlist, which will follow 2 ex-Special Ops pals who sacrifice themselves to come to the rescue of a 3r former teammate, who has been framed for a political assassination by powerful members of the CIA.

It's not yet public info as to whether Will Smith is just producing, or whether either of these shows is a starring vehicle for himself (likely not, given his jam-packe film slate; although anything's possible).

It's also not known whether any of the starring roles in both potential series, are written for black actors, or if they'll cast color-blindly, or if they already have specific actors in mind.

Stay tuned…

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Comments

Adam Scott Thompson

I like both premises. If you want a film made fast in Hollywood, make it action, thriller, comedy or a combination. "Kingpin" brings to my mind an underrated TV show of the same name — canceled before its time. They probably have specific actors in mind, but I doubt any of the starring roles will fall to actors of color (well, maybe The Rock).

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