Will Smith sets up China-set drama at Fox


Exclusive: Will Smith is making a return trip to China for a crime drama in development at Fox.

Smith’s and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Ent. have partnered with Chinese-born filmmaker Eva Jin to develop a crime drama set in that country.

Overbrook’s untitled hour long, which focuses on a crime-fighting female college student in China, has a script order at Fox. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.

Smith, Lassiter and Overbrook are also developing an hour-long based on the feature “Hitch,” which starred Smith.

Smith is no stranger to China; he produced this year’s “The Karate Kid” reboot, which starred his son Jaden (opposite Jackie Chan) and was shot there.

No word on whether this project would be produced overseas. Jin, who went to school in the U.S., is a cartoonist-turned-filmmaker who was behind the Zhang Ziyi romantic comedy “Sophie’s Revenge.”

Overbrook’s past TV credits include the comedy “All of Us.” The shingle’s recent feature work includes “Hancock,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “Seven Pounds,” “I Am Legend” and “The Secret Life of Bees.”

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