Fox, Cooper on tale of D.C. top cop


Fox has pacted with producer Bob Cooper for a drama project inspired by the story of Cathy Lanier, the newly appointed chief of police of Washington.

Tony Piccirillo (USA's "Kojak") is writing the untitled project for Cooper's Landscape Entertainment and Fox TV Studio.

Lanier, a 39-year-old white single mother who dropped out of high school after getting pregnant at 14, became D.C.'s first female police chief and one of the youngest heads of the 3,800-member department dominated by black male officers. In addition to dealing with the city's high crime rate, Lanier also has to deal with about 100 other law enforcement agencies operating in D.C.

"Here's a white woman in a man's world and an African-American world, working with agency after agency in a complicated jurisdiction like Washington, D.C., and she's a single mom," Cooper said. "This seemed like a rich area to look at."

Cooper was a former HBO Pictures, TriStar and DreamWorks topper before segueing into producing through Landscape. On the big screen, he most recently produced "Mr. Woodcock."