Fox has ordered Star, a drama pilot from Empire‘s Lee Daniels. Set against the backdrop of the music business, Star is set in Atlanta and centers on three girls who are coming together to form a band and their rise to the top. “The project features a lot of Lee’s own DNA and represents a new perspective, that of the artist,” Fox’s Dana Walden said at the top of the network’s TCA session. “The setup lends to a great soap operatic storytelling machine.”
Star, which Daniels will co-write and executive produce with The Whole Truth creator Tom Donaghy, joins drama Urban Cowboy, a present day remake of the movie, as an off-cycle pilot at Fox. Urban Cowboy is currently casting, with the pilot slated to film in September with an eye toward a possible midseason launch as work is being done on subsequent scripts.
Directed by Daniels, Star falls under an overall deal the filmmaker recently signed with Empire producer 20th Century Fox TV, which also is behind Star.
There is a crossover potential between Star and Empire, though there are no plans at this time.
“It is modern-day music music in Atlanta and Empire is modern-day music business in New York,” Walden said. “It’s not inconceivable that the two shows can cross.”