'Precious' Filmmaker Lee Daniels To Direct Untitled LGBT Showtime Drama

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 11, 2011 3:49 AM
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Director Lee Daniels continues to spend his post-"Precious" time stacking up projects. He's finally at work on his next full length picture, "The Paperboy" after his MLK project couldn't get off the ground due to financing and a lack of support from the civil rights leader's estate. As it goes for many high profile directors these days, television is proving to be a new and fertile creative ground, and for Daniels that's no less true.

It was just a short while ago that the helmer signed on to tackle "Valley Of The Dolls" for NBC and how he's going cable. Deadline report that Daniels is teaming with "Temple Grandin" scribe W. Merritt Johnson for a series centered on a very specific subculture of the LGBT community.

The show will focus on "ball" culture in which participants compete for prizes in competitions in where they must show off their skills through dancing, dress and voguing. Yes, voguing, which Madonna appropriated (no way!) for her hit single of the same name. The goal in these competitions is usually to heighten the performers' masculinity or femininity.

It's still a relatively unknown subset of the LGBT community, but if you saw the excellent 1990 documentary "Paris Is Burning," it was featured within. The plan as of now is for Johnson to write the script and Daniels to direct. Once again cable provides a home for truly original ideas that aren't seen on network TV or on the big screen (at least not from major studios), but regardless this has a ton of potential and we'll be curious to see how it turns out. [Deadline]

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