Showtime Developing Drama With 'Precious' Director, 'Temple Grandin' Writer

Lee Daniels and Merritt Johnson are behind the contemporary project set in New York City.
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Showtime is developing a drama project centered on a LGBT subculture with Precious director Lee Daniels and Temple Grandin writer Merritt Johnson.

Johnson, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for co-scripting the HBO movie that starred Claire Danes, will pen the script with Daniels set to direct.

The project is set in New York City and revolves around the Ball subculture and the young people in the middle of it. Ball culture describes the events that are held that see people competing for prizes and trophies.

Daniels, who will executive produce with Johnson, was nominated for an Academy Award for directing Precious.

The news comes after Showtime launched its Danes-Damian Lewis political drama Homeland and readys for the premieres of House of Lies and returning hourlong Shameless in January.