Fox plucks Pinkett pitch

Twentieth Century Fox has acquired an original thriller pitch with the working title “Creole” by actress-writer Jada Pinkett.

Chris Bertolet — whose credits include the NBC telepic “Murder Live!” and the feature spec “Hard Knox,” which is set up at Universal Pictures — will pen the script as a starring vehicle for Pinkett, who will produce the pic with James Lassiter and Benny Medina of Handprint Entertainment.

Pic is a dark, police investigative thriller set in New Orleans. Pinkett is set to star as the Crescent City cop who teams with her female Washington, D.C., counterpart in the probe.

Fox senior VP Sandford Panitch is the exec overseeing the project for Tom Rothman’s film division.

Pinkett stars in the upcoming New Line pic “Woo,” and soon tackles a role in the Miramax/Dimension sequel to “Scream.”

Since joining the cast of the “Cosby” spinoff “A Different World” in 1991, Pinkett has built a resume on a menage of comedic, romantic and tough-girl roles in such features as “Menace II Society,” “The Inkwell,” “The Nutty Professor” and “Set It Off!”

The Baltimore native also has exerted her range as a poet, video director and screenwriter. She recently set up the script “Love for Hire” — written with her significant other, Will Smith — as a vehicle for Smith to star in for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

Pinkett was repped on the deal by CAA’s Patrick Whitesell. Bertolet’s deal was negotiated by Rob Paris, also of CAA.

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