Common at the 75th Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Sthanlee Mirador)

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Common To Star In 'ER' Drama With Lionsgate TV

August 28, 2018

As part of his deal to develop new projects for Lionsgate's foray into television, Emmy-winner Common is set to star in the lead role of a medical drama series based on B.P. Reiter's book The Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club.

The story centers around Common's character, a tough, street-smart ER doctor with a troubled past who leads his staff against brutal conditions, dwindling resources, bureaucracy and corporate greed in order to save lives at an inner-city hospital.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series has no network attached to the project, yet.

Eric Eisner, son of the former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner, heads Double E Pictures, optioned rights to develop the book into a series. He will serve as executive producer on the show along with Lionsgate TV and Freedom Road Productions, Common's production company. The series will be screenwritten for TV by Allan Loeb (The Space Between Us) and Andrew Farotte (Dwelling).

Common won his Emmy for his musical work on Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary 13th. Common also won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song and a Best Song Written for Visual Media Grammy, both for the 2014 film Selma. He is just a Tony Award away from the prestigious and rare distinction of an EGOT, someone who won all four of the major American entertainment awards.

In film, Common starred in 2017's John Wick 2 and 2006' Smokin' Aces. On television he was last seen as Rafiq in The Chi.