Will Arnett strikes Fox deal

Actor to star in new comedy project for the network

"Arrested Development" co-star Will Arnett is back at Fox with a rich deal to topline a new comedy project for the network.

The pact is said to be more far-reaching than a regular development deal, giving Arnett complete creative control over the writers, producers and directors he wants to work with as well as over the content of the show that will be developed for him.

The deal is not tied to any studio, with writers from various outlets expected to pitch him ideas. Considered a likely collaborator is "Arrested" creator Mitch Hurwitz, with whom Arnett has said he wants to work again.

Arnett already provides voice-over for Hurwitz's new animated comedy for Fox, the Sony TV-based "Sit Down, Shut Up."

Fox, along with other broadcast nets, has pursued Arnett for a while, including an offer to star on Fox's upcoming comedy series "Boldly Going Nowhere."

With the deal, Arnett joins his wife, Amy Poehler, who is also primetime-bound with a starring role on a midseason comedy on NBC.

Fox and Arnett's reps at Endeavor had no comment.