12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Will.i.am Inks First-Look TV, Film Deal With eOne
Will.i.am is looking to add filmmaker and TV producer to his résumé.
The Emmy and Grammy winner has signed a first-look deal with Mark Gordon-led Entertainment One that includes feature films, scripted and unscripted television projects. Under the multiyear pact, will.i.am will create, develop and executive produce film and TV series. The first project under the deal is a TV adaptation of graphic novel Masters of the Sun — The Zombie Chronicles, which was originally published by Marvel Comics and featured will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas.
Masters of the Sun mixes Los Angeles gang culture, b-boy-ism and Egyptology to tell the story of a hip-hop group from East L.A. who must battle an ancient alien god that turns drug dealers and gangsters into zombies. A network is not yet attached.
"Will.i.am has an extensive track record of creating entertainment content that moves masses and shapes cultural moments,” eOne chief strategy officer Peter Micelli said Wednesday in a statement. “We have long admired his body of work and can’t wait to collaborate on exceptional content together.”
Sara Ramaker, COO of will.i.am's I.Am. Media company, will work alongside the former Black Eyed Peas frontman in producing film and TV projects. Ramaker exec produced Masters of the Sun's publication across print, augmented reality and virtual reality alongside author-creator will.i.am. She is working on the second graphic novel in the series.
"It’s a dream come true to be collaborating with eOne, to be surrounded by great partners who can help take ideas from my brain, from books and onward to explode and entertain on multiple screens,” said will.i.am. “It’s also a true honor to have the opportunity to work with Mark Gordon, one of the most prolific and respected producers in Hollywood and beyond.”
Will.i.am has won seven Grammys over his 20-plus-year music career. His TV credits include Apple's unscripted series Planet of the Apps and serving as a judge on the U.K. edition of The Voice. His film credits include Wolverine, Rio and Madagascar. He is repped by CAA and Hertz Lichtenstein.