Jennifer Lopez and producer Ross Fineman are teaming up for an hourlong Fox TV Studios drama project set up at Fox Broadcasting.
Alfonso Moreno (“The Practice”) is writing the tentatively titled “Brethren,” based on the true story of an ex-gangbanger who gets his act together and becomes a defense attorney.
Lopez and Simon Fields will exec produce via their Nuyorican Prods. banner, with Fineman exec producing via his first-look deal at FTVS.
Charles Glen and Barbara Cox are also onboard as exec producers. Fox has made a script commitment to the hour.
Central character in “Brethren” faces a potential sentence of life in prison if he’s ever convicted of another felony. Because of his past, the DA’s office and police believe he’s corrupt, while his clients think he can be corrupted. He’ll also face the challenge of being a single dad.
“What interested me was the fine line the character must constantly walk in terms of both his professional and personal life,” Lopez said. “The fact that it comes from a true-life story makes it all the more compelling.”
“Brethren” is based on the life of Isaac Guillen. He’ll be a consultant on the project, while Nuyorican’s Matt Robertson is attached as a producer.
Nuyorican’s last primetime project was the UPN drama “South Beach.” Company is currently working on an MTV reality project about dancers and has three films in various stages of production, including Lopez starrers “Bordertown” and “El Cantante.”