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Mary J. Blige and Laurieann Gibson to Produce Music Drama at Fox

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Time to get those tivo boxes ready because Fox is looking to Mary J. Blige and choreographer Laurieann Gibson for its next music drama.

The network, home to Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s Empire, has put 8 Count, inspired by Gibson’s life, into development. The project, from The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley, landed at Fox with a sizable penalty attached.

Described as a music-fueled drama, 8 Count follows a young choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, must invest in an up-and-coming singer who also has one last shot at stardom.

The project brings Berman, former entertainment president, and Earley, former COO, back to Fox. The duo will executive produce via The Jackal Group. Erika L. Johnson (Shades of Blue, Queen Sugar) will pen the script. Gibson, a multiple Grammy winner, will also exec produce alongside Blige, who will also serve as a music adviser on the drama.

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