Titled “Crushers Club,” the series would take place in a struggling boxing gym, which serves as a second home for kids in one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. It gains an unlikely ally in Sonia, a single mom from the suburbs who’s found new purpose in her life.
Williams will write in addition to executive producing alongside Diesel. Shana C. Waterman, head of TV for Diesel’s One Race Television, will co-executive produce. Universal Television will produce in association with One Race.
This is the third project Diesel and One Race have set up this season. The company, which is set up under an overall deal with Universal TV, is also developing reboots of “Miami Vice” at NBC and “Get Christie Love” at ABC.
Williams is currently preparing for the release of “Mudbound,” which is his first feature film. Co-written by Williams and director Dee Rees, the film stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund and Mary J. Blige, among others, and will be released by Netflix on November 17.
On the TV side, Williams has served as writer and producer on shows like “ER,” “The Chicago Code,” and “24.” Most recently, Williams wrote and executive produced six seasons of the long-running CBS show “Criminal Minds.” Earlier this year, he signed a two-year overall deal with Universal TV to develop new series for broadcast, cable and streaming services. He is also developing the drama series “Hard Knocks” at Fox.
Williams is repped by CAA, Craig Brody from The Shuman Company, and attorneys Eric Sherman and P.J. Shapiro. Diesel and One Race are repped by CAA.