'Precious' director, award-winning author prepare series

Lee Daniels has set his sights on a new family drama, this time for HBO with author Amy Bloom.

The helmer of “Precious” has teamed with Bloom to develop a series about a multigenerational, multiracial family in Philadelphia. Bloom, an author known for both nonfiction and fiction works, is penning the script and will exec produce. Daniels will exec produce and helm the pilot, should it be picked up by HBO. Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen are onboard as exec producers, and Miller’s Mosaic banner is onboard as a producer.

Untitled project has been percolating for some time at HBO but is still in the early stages of development. Deals for Daniels and Bloom were recently finalized. HBO declined comment.

Daniels was introduced to Bloom when their mutual rep at WME sent the helmer some of Bloom’s work. He immediately recognized the scribe as a kindred spirit.

“I realized that she had the same sort of mind that I had,” Daniels told Daily Variety. “Her writing is very similar to my sensibility. She has created a world that is layered with complexities.”

The project marks Daniels’ first foray into the small screen, one he was eager to make. “It’s a different medium for me,” he said. “It’s fresh.”

Daniels, who hails from Philadelphia, has been riding high this award season on the acclaim for his harrowing portrait of an abused teen in “Precious,” up for six Oscars Sunday, including best pic and he for best director. Bloom is a former National Book Award nominee who has penned several bestsellers. Her most recent collection of stories, “Where the God of Love Hangs Out,” was published in January by Random House.

Daniels is not the only one of this year’s Oscar helming contenders to have a series project in the hopper at HBO: “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow is working with scribe John Logan on a pilot, “The Miraculous Year,” about a Broadway producer (Daily Variety, Feb. 16).

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