Whitaker, FX pull trigger on arms deal

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Following his acclaimed stint on FX's "The Shield," Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is reteaming with the cable network and the show's producer Fox TV Studios.

Whitaker is set to direct and executive produce a drama series project for FX. Also exec producing the untitled project, described as "Sopranos" set in the world of arms dealers, are Emmy-winning longform producer Cary Brokaw and veteran drama writer-producer Eric Overmyer.

The untitled project, now in development, is being penned by Jeremy Martin and Matthew Donlan, with Overmyer supervising the writing. Martin and Donlan will also serve as producers. FtvS, which produces "The Shield" with Sony Pictures TV, is on board to produce.

The FX project marks Whitaker's first major TV commitment since his recurring role on "The Shield" as ambitious internal affairs Detective Jon Kavanaugh.

Whitaker won a best actor Oscar this year for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." His upcoming features include "Vintage Point," "Winged Creatures" and "The Night Watchman." He is repped by WMA and the Collective's Jeff Golenberg.

Brokaw won Emmys for exec producing Mike Nichols' miniseries "Angels in America" and telefilm "Wit" for HBO. He most recently exec produced TNT's mini "The Company."

Overmyer's series credits include "Law & Order" and "Homicide: Life on the Street."

Brokaw, Overmyer and Martin and Donlan are repped by WMA.
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