12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
'Girls Trip,' 'Night School' Director Malcolm D. Lee Lands Put Pilot at NBC (Exclusive)
Night School and Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee has set the first TV project from his Blackmaled Productions at NBC.
Lee is writing and executive producing At That Age, a family drama set in Harlem. The Universal TV project has a put pilot commitment from NBC. Former Nickelodeon and Disney exec Nikki Reed is also an executive producer.
At That Age is an exploration of a Harlem family's legacy. After the Cooper family's golden child suffers a catastrophic event, seven family members face a foundational shift, make life-altering decisions and deal with deep secrets coming to light.
"To have the first project to come out of our deal with UTV be a story that I feel passionate and strongly about, that I'm getting the opportunity to write, is incredibly gratifying," Lee said Friday in a statement. "Just like my first film [The Best Man], At That Age will explore universal themes where everyone can see themselves. The specificity of exploring those dynamics with an African-American family show will be emblematic of what audiences who've enjoyed my films should expect: heart, humor and intelligence."
Added Reed: "I'm excited about exploring the complicated dynamics that are often universally shared by siblings. The relationship between brothers and sisters can be reflected by a titanic clash of opposing emotions, of love and hate of competition and support, of envy and admiration. Malcolm will get a chance to do a deep dive into these delicate and challenging relationships in At That Age."
Lee has made the majority of his films with Universal TV's sister movie studio; all of those have recouped their production budget, often by wide margins. Night School has made about $85.5 million worldwide thus far against a reported $29 million budget, while Girls Trip earned more than seven times its $19 million budget at the box office.
Lee is repped by Paradigm and Del Shaw.