Surprising news this morning that FX has bought an hourlong drama script from musician Dr. Dre and his writing partner Sidney Quashie.
The show will deal with the music business in modern-day Los Angeles and how it interacts with the crime business in the "City of Angels."
Quashie is the creator and an executive producer and Dre will be an executive producer as well.
Dr. Dre previously launched a film company, Crucial Films, in 2007 through New Line. Crucial Films currently has one film in development – “Thaw,” about an ancient evil released from rapidly melting ice from the Yukon. No, I didn’t make that up. And yes, I'll watch it.
Quashie also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming "Boston College Fix."
Normally I'd write this off as a vanity project, but FX's involvement gives this legs. The network has been on a real roll with its original programing and this sounds like it could have a similar feel to The Wire, the highly-acclaimed HBO crime series set in Baltimore that even President Obama admitted to being a fan of (Omar was his favorite).
I guess this means the world is going to be waiting even longer for "Detox," Dre's long-awaiting follow-up album to "2001," which released in 1999.