Common is set to play the lead role in a new Starz series based on the "Black Samurai" book series with Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer executive producing, the network announced Tuesday.The series, which is currently in development, will follow Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand...
Jerry Bruckheimer is among a handful of producers for whom it’s normal to have multiple programs in production each season. During the 2005-2006 season, he set a record with 10 series on the air.
Bruckheimer came to TV by way of film, where he racked up an extraordinary number of hits in the 1980s and 1990s, mostly for Paramount Pictures with co-producer Don Simpson, including “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Top Gun,” and Flashdance.”
Bruckheimer’s history as a film producer primed him for producing primetime action-adventure series. His juggernaut “C.S.I.” franchise got millions of armchair analysts talking about DNA evidence and blood spatter patterns, yet one of his most enduring and award-winning television productions is the reality competition series “The Amazing Race.” Good storytelling is the common thread in all of his productions.
After 15 years with an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television went independent in 2016, and eventually landed a three-year deal at CBS Television Studios. As Bruckheimer told Variety, “You always want to work with people who bring you added value,” he said. “They’re creative. They’re smart and they understand the business. They will bring us talent and ideas that we wouldn’t otherwise see.”
Bruckheimer TV has set a development deal with Fox for “Atlanta’s Most Wanted,” a crime drama set to star rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris. Bruckheimer TV’s current series include Fox’s “Lucifer” and CBS’ long-running “The Amazing Race.”