Epps eyes two pics, ready to shop ‘Soul’

Actor busy after 'Mod Squad'

After starring as Linc in MGM’s “The Mod Squad,” Omar Epps is linked to lead roles in two new films, and is shopping a script he co-wrote as a possible third.

The actor has signed to star in the Miramax drama “In Too Deep,” based on the true story of Jeffrey Coy, a cop who infiltrated a drug ring and got lost in the underworld into which he immersed himself. The drama, to be directed by Aussie Michael Rhymer (“Angel Baby”), was scripted by Paul Aaron and Michael Henry Brown, who’ll produce. Miramax co-president of production Meryl Poster and creative veep Amy Slotnick will shepherd the project.

Famuyiwa project

Epps is also in talks to topline MTV Films’ “The Wood,” written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa. Epps has been aligned with the dramatic project since Famuyiwa developed it at the Sundance Screenwriters Institute. It’s described as a black “Stand By Me,” with a group of guys reminiscing about their past on the night before one of them gets married. Sean Nelson, who starred in “American Buffalo,” will play Epps as a youngster.

“Who Stole the Soul,” which Epps wrote with writing partner Mitchell Marchand, is about to be shopped to studios. It’s described as a black variation of “The Rose,” tracing a rap group and what happens to its members when they become hugely successful overnight. Epps, who also completed co-starring with Bruce Willis and Albert Finney in “Breakfast of Champions,” is agented by Endeavor and managed by Raelle Koota of 3 Arts.