Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has closed a deal to develop and star in a comedy pilot for FX Networks to be written by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri.
The story: A career criminal is released from prison after 15 long years, hoping to reintegrate into a society that long ago left him behind. Now a man whose only expertise is making grilled cheese with an iron must navigate a modern world of political correctness, internet, and self-driving cars.
Morgan, Peele, Carcieri will serve as Executive Producers of the untitled pilot along with Eric Tannenbaum and Joel Zadak. The half-hour pilot episode will be produced by FX Productions and is tentatively set to begin production this summer.
“What an unbeatable combination – Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele – two exceptional comics joining forces with a great team of writers and producers to create and produce this pilot for FX Networks,” said Grad. “We’ve been committed to Tracy from the start and are thrilled that Jordan, John, Eric and Joel are joining him in developing this new project.”
Currently, Morgan is headlining a nationwide stand-up tour titled “Picking Up the Pieces,” which will run through May 2016; and he recently wrapped production on “Fist Fight” which he stars in alongside Ice Cube and Charlie Day. Morgan will also star in the Weinstein Co.’s Richard Pryor biopic as Redd Foxx opposite Mike Epps.