Dr. Dre continues to expand his business portfolio, looking to add television producer to his ever-increasing list of job titles. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Dre and writer Sidney Quashi have reached a script development deal with the FX network for a crime drama pilot set in modern-day Los Angeles.
Quashi, a relative newcomer to the scene, will be given dual billing as creator and executive producer, while Dre will also be credited as executive producer. Daniel Schnider, who produced a web series in 2010 called Backwash, and Brad Bertner, who produced 2009 comedy The Cellar, will serve as co-executive producers. The show was launched in conjunction with Crucial Films, which Dre founded in 2007 and runs with Schnider’s help.
Details about the pilot are scant, but THR reports that it will be an hour-long drama exploring both the music and crime businesses.
The news comes in the midst of somewhat of a resurgence for Dre, as the typically sporadically-seen Hip-Hop legend has been highly visible lately due to collaborations with 50 Cent (“New Day“), Kendrick Lamar (“The Recipe“) and Rick Ross (“3 Kings“). His own third solo album, entitled Detox and allegedly many years in the making, has reached almost mythical status, with fans and peers alike all clamoring for its release and constantly inquiring about its progress.
Outside of music, Dre also helms the popular headphone line Beats By Dre and high-quality audio system Beats Audio. In April, Forbes ranked him third on their list of the five wealthiest Hip-Hop artists with a net worth of approximately $270 million.