In another step to build up its television operation, Paramount has set a two-pilot development pact with “Hustle & Flow” filmmaker Craig Brewer.
Deal calls for Brewer (pictured) to write, direct and exec produce two drama pilots for the studio, which relaunched its television development operation under the direction of Par TV prexy Amy Powell last year.
“Craig’s ability to capture and authentically portray different cultural moments in time through his characters, narratives and singular musical taste make him one of the most inspired storytellers of this generation,” Powell said Thursday in announcing the deal.
Brewer has worked steadily with Par since the studio acquired his Sundance Film Festival heat-seeker “Hustle & Flow” in 2005. More recently he helmed the 2011 remake of “Footloose” for the studio and also the 2012 Katy Perry concert pic “Katy Perry: Part of Me.” He’s at work on another feature for the studio, “Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills.”
Paramount had been largely dormant on the TV production side after the studio’s split with CBS Corp. as part of Viacom’s corporate reengineering plan that took effect in early 2006. But in August, Par topper Brad Grey revived the television wing, citing the explosion of opportunities for original programming across TV and digital outlets.
“As the television industry continues to expand its boundaries and open more doors for raw and creative storytelling, I feel incredibly fortunate to be teaming up with Brad and Amy, and the entire Paramount team,” Brewer said.
Brewer’s repped by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman of Bloom Hergott.