10:00am PT by Rick Porter
Blake Shelton, 'Fast and the Furious' Writer Team for NBC Drama
The Voice judge Blake Shelton is branching out into scripted programming at NBC.
The country music star is teaming with The Fast and the Furious writer Gary Scott Thompson for a drama based on his song "God's Country." The Universal TV project has a script commitment at the network.
The potential series, also called God's Country, centers on a hardworking Midwestern farm family. When its patriarch dies, his grown children discover he was keeping a devastating secret they could never have imagined.
Thompson, who also created the early-aughts drama Las Vegas for NBC, is executive producing with Shelton, Narvel Blackstock and Laurie Pozmantier.
The song, a rock-inflected anthem about faith and Shelton's ties to his home state of Oklahoma, reached No. 1 on the Billboard country charts after its 2019 release and has gone triple platinum. Written by Devin Dawson, Hardy, and Jordan Schmidt, "God's Country" won single of the year at last week's Academy of Country Music Awards.
Thompson helped launch Universal's Fast and Furious franchise with the 2001 movie, on which he's credited for the screen story and as co-writer of the screenplay (with Erik Bergquist and David Ayer). His credits also include NBC's Taxi Brooklyn and 2008 Knight Rider remake and feature 88 Minutes. He is repped by Paradigm, Fourth Wall Management and Paul Hastings LLP.