It looks like John Legend is seriously putting his hands into the television production pot.
The Grammy award singer-songwriter teamed up with producer-director Tony Krantz and recently sold their scripted project entitled Down Lo, a drama series about a homosexual rapper working in the hip-hop community:
Set in Miami’s South Beach, the edgy ensemble drama explores the intersection of three worlds — the party town’s popular music scene and sports and fashion circles. It deals with fame and secrets, with the stories told from multiple points of view. One of them will be that of a gay rapper living on the down low as homosexuality is still not readily accepted in the hip-hop community.
It is said that the series was bought for development by HBO and seemingly draws from John’s “first-hand knowledge and great access to the music world.” Down Lo is being written by playwright/scribe Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and executive produced by Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, in conjunction with Legend’s film company, Get Lifted.
This serves as Legend’s third, successfully sold series, since inking a deal with Universal Cable Productions back in 2012 – The first is an untitled comedy series and the second is called The Edge, a new crime drama heading to the USA network.