Lee Daniels puts “Star” into production
Lee Daniels, the creator and executive producer of FOX’s wildly popular series “EMPIRE” is busy looking for the cast of his next series. FOX has ordered a pilot for Daniel’s “STAR” series, which will begin production this December in Atlanta, GA.
The pilot, from 20th Century Fox Television, is written, directed and executive-produced by Daniels. Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) will serve as a writer and executive producer on the pilot with Daniels.
An international casting search is underway for the series talent, including three female leads who will play three young artists, all with hopes of making it big. STAR will feature the choices with which these artists are faced along the way, while showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective. What will they do to rise to the top?
The project is the first to emerge from Daniels’ multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.
Lee Daniels is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose work is trademarked by authenticity and candor, providing audiences with a unique and refreshing experience and character insight with each of his projects. In 2013, he released the critically acclaimed box office smash “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” The film held the No. 1 box office spot for three consecutive weeks, and has to date grossed more than $175 million worldwide.
Daniels is widely known for his Academy Award-winning film, “Precious,” based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire. “Precious” was nominated for six Academy Awards, including nominations for Daniels in the category of Achievement in Directing and Best Motion Picture of the Year, and wins in the categories of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay. Daniels is attached to direct an untitled Richard Pryor biographical film for the Weinstein Company, which is set to begin production in 2016.
The STAR pilot is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) will write, direct and serve as executive producer of the pilot episode. Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) will serve as writer and executive producer on the pilot with Daniels.