October 06, 2011 08:16:09 GMT
The 'Men in Black' actor and his wife have sold the untitled Romeo project to the network with singer Anthony Santos attached to star.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are teaming up for a small screen project. The high-profile couple, along with their business partner James Lassiter, has sold a multicamera comedy to ABC, The Hollywood Reporter says.
The untitled Romeo project has tapped singer Anthony Santos aka Romeo to star as a charismatic Dominican-American from Washington Heights. The show follows him as he tries to please his very traditional, immigrant father while also creating a life that reflects his new vision of the American Dream.
The father-son relationship is slightly based on Santos' real-life relationship with his father, although the main character differs from the former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura. Chris Pappas and Mike Bernier ("Unhitched", "One Night Stan") are on board to serve as writers and executive producers, while Will, Jada and Lassiter are listed as non-writing executive producers.
The Smiths have previously brought "The Karate Kid" and "The Secret Life of Bees" to the big screen and produced Broadway's "Fela!". Jada's medical drama series "Hawthorne" which she was executive producing, however, was canceled by TNT in early September.