EXCLUSIVE: The story of Mariah Carey’s rise to fame is getting a drama series treatment. We have learned that Starz is developing an untitled fictional scripted drama series based on the the music superstar’s real-life experiences, with Carey executive producing alongside longtime friend Brett Ratner.
Written by Nina Colman (Mahogany), the drama is set in 1986 New York City and chronicles the rise of an ambitious bi-racial 16-year-old girl, an aspiring singer-songwriter who survived a difficult childhood to become the biggest selling female music artist of all time.
Colman, who will serve as showrunner, executive produces alongside Carey and Golden Globe nominee Stella Bulochnikov (Boss) via their Magic Carpet Productions as well as Ratner, Teri Weinberg (Ugly Betty) who previously had developed with Colman, and John Cheng (Horrible Bosses).
Carey had a meteoric rise, launching her career with five consecutive Hot 100 No. 1 hits in 1990-91 starting with “Vision Of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Someday,” “I Don’t Wanna Cry” and “Emotions.” The Grammy-winning pop diva is next set to return to her Las Vegas residency and will embark on a North American summer tour with Lionel Richie.
On TV, Carey recently toplined and executive produced a docu-series series for E!, Mariah’s World.
Colman is repped by Gersh.