Starz taps Mariah Carey for new drama series.
The network is currently developing an untitled fictional scripted drama series based on the superstar’s real-life experiences, Deadline reports. Carey herself will serve as executive producer alongside longtime friend Brett Ratner.
The project kicks off in 1986 New York City, and chronicles the rise of an ambitious bi-racial singer-songwriter, 16, who after surviving a difficult upbringing becomes the biggest selling female music artist of all time.
Of course, this isn’t Carey’s first TV takeover. The 47-year-old recently produced her very own E! docuseries, “Mariah’s World.”
“I’m excited to bring my fans into my life for the next journey I’m about to embark on,” Carey said in a press release at the time. “I’m already having so much fun with this documentary and I know you will too. There is nothing like capturing these moments.”
“Mariah is one of the most captivating pop superstars of our time and one of the rare artists whose first name alone is instantly recognized around the globe. We’re excited to partner with Bunim/Murray Productions, Mariah and Stella Bulochnikov to offer our viewers exclusive access into her private world,” added Jeff Olde, executive vice president, Programming & Development, E!.
The reality series followed the Grammy-winning diva as she began her Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour, which made stops in the United States, Europe and Africa. Fans also got a glimpse of her glamorous lifestyle, bustling business ventures, and dating life.
Due to the project’s success, it appears that Starz is ready to one up Bunim/Murray Productions, and rightly so. Carey’s story is unique and inspirational in that she launched her career with five consecutive Hot 100 No. 1 hits in 1990-91, beginning with “Vision Of Love”, “Love Takes Time”, “Someday”, “I Don’t Wanna Cry” and “Emotions.”
In the meantime, the pop star will return to her Las Vegas residency as well as embark on a North American summer tour with Lionel Richie.