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Hip-Hop Drama From Lee Daniels, Danny Strong Lands Pilot Order at Fox

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The “Butler” duo will reunite for the drama series from exec producer Brian Grazer.

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Lee Daniels, left, and Danny Strong

Fox going to explore hip-hop with The Butler‘s Lee Daniels and Danny Strong.

The network has picked up Empire, a drama pilot from The Butler‘s Daniels and Strong, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The family drama is set in the world of a hip-hop empire — think the Jay Z story. The drama will feature both original and current music. Strong, who penned the script for The Butler, which was produced and directed by Daniels, is attached to write the, while Daniels will direct. From 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine, Brian Grazer will exec produce alongside Daniels, Strong and Francie Calfo. Grazer, who is passionate about hip-hop music and culture, has been wanting to do a character-driven series that gives the audience a behind-the-scenes look

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