Denzel Washington eyes TV producing gig

Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:01am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Oscar winner Denzel Washington might be making a foray into series television.

Washington is considering an executive producer role on "Billy Stiles," a cop drama from TV writer Virgil Williams. Fox is in talks to pick up the project.

The ensemble drama centers on the title character, a genius gang member-turned-cop.

It's based on a short story Williams wrote six years ago when he was between staff writing jobs.

Williams is expected to executive produce alongside Washington and Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch.

"Billy Stiles" originally was developed as a cable series but later was reworked as a network show and taken to Fox, with Washington on board for the pitch.

Washington got his start on the NBC series "St. Elsewhere" in the 1980s before moving to the big screen for a career that has earned him two Oscars.

Williams' series credits include "24" and "ER."

(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)

<p>U.S. actor Denzel Washington poses during a photocall in Berlin, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz</p>