The script sale is part of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ star’s overall deal at Universal TV.
Vin Diesel is revving up his TV development slate.
The Fast and the Furious star is teaming with Mudbound scribe Virgil Williams for a boxing drama set up at NBC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Titled Crushers Club, the hourlong is about a struggling boxing gym, which serves as a second home for kids in one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods.
The gym gains an unlikely ally in Sonia, a single mom from the suburbs who’s found new purpose in her life.
Williams will write the script and executive produce with Diesel through his One Race Television banner. One Race TV head Shana C. Waterman is also onboard as a co-executive producer.
Universal Television, where Diesel and Williams are both under overall deals, will produce.
This is the second development season sale for Williams, who recently sold the cop drama Hard Knocks to Fox. After six seasons as a writer-producer on Criminal Minds, Williams exited in June for a multi-year deal at Universal TV.
He is also the co-writer on the upcoming Netflix film Mudbound, which is expected to be an awards season contender.
The Dee Rees film is already set to receive the Special Jury Prize at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
His other credits include 24, The Chicago Code and ER. Williams is repped by CAA, The Shuman Company, and attorneys Eric Sherman and P.J. Shapiro.
Crushers Club is one of three projects from One Race TV in the works this season, the other being a reboot of Miami Vice, also at NBC, and a reboot of Get Christie Love at ABC.
After founding his production shingle in 1995, Diesel expanded to TV in 2002.
In addition to his starring roles in Universal Studios’ Fast and the Furious franchise, of which he has also produced five.
Ninth and tenth installments of the films are already in the works.
The actor’s other credits include xXx, A Man Apart as well as Pitch Black and its two sequels