Lee Daniels Planning a Musical About His Life

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"It’ll have original music and sort of be like Fellini's '8 1/2' or 'All That Jazz.'"

Lee Daniels has tackled the music business in Empire and the White House in The Butler — now he's ready to write about his own life.

The Empire creator reveals to Billboard he's hoping to make a musical film based on his life story.

"My publicist will kill me, but I’m in talks about doing a musical about my life," he tells Billboard. "I’ve had a pretty interesting life. I’ve come from the projects. I’ve been homeless. It’ll have original music and sort of be like Fellini’s 8 1/2 or All That Jazz."

Daniels is currently at work on his new TV show Star, set to debut in 2017, which he calls the "antithesis" of Empire and likens to a John Waters film.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com