In June, Lee Daniels entered into a multi-year deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television, that would see him develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio under his Lee Daniels Entertainment banner, while still remaining as an executive producer of “Empire.”
The first project to be developed under the new agreement has been announced. Fox revealed today that it has ordered a pilot from Mr Daniels titled “Star,” which will be set in Atlanta, and will follow 3 young women who are working to make names for themselves in the music business.
The proposed one-hour pilot will be written, directed and executive produced by Daniels, although details on story and characters are scant at the moment, except for Fox sharing that the pilot will “showcase the allure and heartache of the cutthroat music scene, while also exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.”
The network also acknowledged that there might be potential for an eventual “Empire”/”Star” crossover (of course), but emphasized that it’s still too early to definitely confirm anything.
Casting for the pilot will begin shortly, so we should learn more soon enough.
Clearly Fox is hoping to replicate the immense success of “Empire” with “Star” – both having one key thing in common: Lee Daniels’ stamp.
Although I’ll say that, if it’s just another version of “Empire,” in terms of how sudsy and gaudy it is, but with a different cast, it actually may prove to be to Fox’s detriment. Excess – as in too much of the same kind of thing – can be a bad thing.