Gabrielle Union has just inked a first look deal with Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind the upcoming NBC drama series based on her character from the “Bad Boys” movie franchise.
Union is starring in and executive producing the series, titled “LA’s Finest.”
Under her two-year pact with Sony, Union’s production company, I’ll Have Another – named as a nod to her best-selling book, We’re Going to Need More Wine – will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects for Sony TV.
Hailing from “Bad Boys” movies’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad and Primary Wave Entertainment. “LA’s Finest” follows the free-spirited Special Agent Syd Burnett character played by Union in 2003’s “Bad Boys II” movie as she moves to Los Angeles and joins the LAPD. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy.
“I am so excited to be back in business with my old ‘Bad Boys’ family and to have the opportunity to take it a step further and develop projects under the Sony Pictures Television banner is truly an honor,” said Union. “There is an obvious feeling of change happening in Hollywood and I feel very fortunate to now have the opportunity to create necessary projects that are reflective of those changes.”
As part of her deal, Union has named her longtime publicist, Holly Shakoor Fleischer as Head of Development.
“Holly is someone whose opinions and taste I trust implicitly,” Union said. “Our collaboration has always been extremely positive and together we have the ability to tell honest stories that are relatable, inclusive and above all, entertaining. “
Union made her producing debut as executive producer of the Lifetime movie “With This Ring,” in which she also starred, and followed that up by executive producing two other starring vehicles, the Universal feature comedy “Almost Christmas” and BET’s drama series “Being Mary Jane,” which will be ending its run with a two-hour movie this summer.
Later this month, Union will receive the CinemaCon Breakthrough Producer of the Year Award, as she attends the convention with her upcoming Universal thriller “Breaking In,” which she produced and stars in.