Monday, April 19, 2021

Lee Daniels Teams with Country Music Star for Interracial Love Story at ABC

*Lee Daniels is teaming with country-music star Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line for a new project at ABC. 

According to THR, the two will executive produce “Moss Landing,” a country music drama “set to take place in a small Florida coastal town, and follows the love story of disgraced country star Marion James and Sky Miller, who is an African-American gospel and soul singer,” the outlet writes. 

“Mysteries will unravel from the couple’s troubled pasts and follow them through the highs and lows of rebuilding their lives and the love that binds them—all set to genre-blending musical numbers,” the synopsis continues. 

“Moss Landing” is the second ABC project from Daniels, who is also plotting a comedy, titled “Cupcake Men,” about two ex-NFL playing brothers who run a cupcake shop together.

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The series is inspired by former Tennessee Titans players Brian Orakpo and Michael Griffin who opened a cupcake shop in Austin, Texas. Ex-NFL champ Michael Strahan will co-produce the project, Variety reported.

Meanwhile, Daniels is also working on a biopic on the life of Billie Holliday starring Multiple Grammy and NAACP Image Award Nominee Andra Day.

Daniels will direct and produce pic from a script written by Suzan-Lori Parks, who was the first Black American woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for her play TOPDOG/UNDERDOG. She also penned the “Native Son” script in 2019.

“The United States vs. Billie Holliday” follows the iconic jazz musician and singer as “she’s being targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics in an undercover sting operation led by federal agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair, per Broadway World. The biopic will examine Holliday’s struggles with addiction, fame and heartbreak.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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