12:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Will Packer Sells Atlanta Drama to NBC
Will Packer is off to an early start in his second season developing for the small screen.
The Ride Along film producer has sold drama Buckhead to NBC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Buckhead is described as a drama about ambition, sex and revenge set in the extravagant, high-stakes world of Atlanta politics, entertainment, churches and strip clubs.
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Packer, an Atlanta resident, will executive produce via his overall deal with Universal Television — where he just re-upped. David McMillan will pen the script and exec produce. Will Packer Productions' head of TV Korin Huggins is on board as a co-exec producer.
The deal comes after Packer's first year producing for the small screen yielded two series orders — NBC's People Are Talking and ABC's Uncle Buck remake. He's also set to executive produce History/Lifetime's Roots reboot.
On the film side, Packer has produced a number of No. 1 films including No Good Deed, Think Like a Man Too, Ride Along, Think Like a Man, Takers, Obsessed and Stop the Yard. He's an exec producer on Universal's upcoming Straight Outta Compton and Ride Along 2.
Packer, who sold multiple projects last season, is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham. McMillan is repped by CAA, Grandview and Jackoway Tyerman.