'Soul Food' thesp to helm, produce, also inks with Nick

Actress Vivica A. Fox is adding producer and director to her resume by pacting with Team Todd, the duo whose credits include the first “Austin Powers” pic and “G.I. Jane,” to co-produce films through her Foxy Brown Prods. banner. Fox also has inked with Nickelodeon to helm some of its programs.

Fox’s acting credits include “Independence Day,” “Soul Food,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” and “Booty Call.”

Fox met Todd partners Suzanne and Jennifer Todd on the set of her teen comedy-horror film “Idle Hands,” which the pair produced for Columbia with Andrew Licht and Jeffrey Mueller. Pic, which also stars Seth Green and Devon Sawa, bows April 30 and puts a comedy spin on a tale treading “The Exorcist” turf.

“Suzanne and Jennifer get it and they get me,” Fox told Daily Variety. “They’re smart, aggressive producers. They know what it takes to get a film made and they’re not afraid to share the power with someone else if that’s how it’ll get done.”

Fox, who has teamed with her manager Lita Richardson (who is also chief of Magic Johnson Management) to develop pics, said she is tracking projects to option, but not necessarily to star in.

While the idea to tackle producing and directing was fermenting, it crystallized when Fox’s TV sitcom “Getting Personal” was canceled, a move she says was “premature.”

“It’s tough when a network (Fox) says they’ll give a show six months and then pull it off the air before the time is up,” Fox said.

Fox’s deal with Nickelodeon returns her to TV, but wearing a new hat. She’ll apprentice on the children’s programs before possibly helming an episode or two.

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