'Zebra' puts Foxx back in DW precinct


Jamie Foxx is making himself at home at DreamWorks.

Two months after signing on to star in "The Soloist," the Oscar winner is returning to the studio to play the lead in "The Zebra Murders: A Season of Killing, Racial Madness, and Civil Rights."

Foxx will play Prentice Earl Sanders, one of two trailblazing black detectives who set out to solve a series of racially motivated serial killings that rocked San Francisco in the fall and winter of 1973-74. Ultimately, Sanders -- who, along with writer Bennett Cohen, recounted the story in the book on which the film is based -- ends up becoming the chief of police after the detectives successfully win their own battle against racism and harassment within the force.

The project, which reunites Foxx with "The Kingdom's" Matthew Michael Carnahan, who is penning the script, is being produced through Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner's Plan B and Foxx/King Entertainment, the production company run by Foxx and Jaime Rucker King.

Jeremy Kleiner, Marcus King and Shelby Stone are executive producing. Kira Goldberg and Lisa Hamilton are shepherding the project for the studio.

The film will be distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount.

Foxx, who previously teamed with DreamWorks on "Dreamgirls" and "Collateral," won a best actor Oscar for 2004's "Ray." He is repped by CAA and King Management.

Carnahan is repped by Endeavor.