Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union has signed a first look deal with Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind the Bad Boys television spinoff (titled L.A.’s Finest).

Under the two-year agreement, Union’s production company, I’ll Have Another, will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects for Sony TV.

L.A.’s Finest stars Union and Jessica Alba and follows the Special Agent Syd Burnett character, played by Union in 2003’s Bad Boys II movie, as she moves to Los Angeles and joins the LAPD.  The free-spirited former DEA agent Burnett, has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in this action-packed, character-driven procedural.

The TV show represents a female take on the Bad Boys movies which focused on two partnered Miami Police detectives, played by Martin Lawrence and Will Smith — with two female LAPD detective partners, played by Union and Alba, at the center.

“I am so excited to be back in business with my old Bad Boys family and to have the opportunity to take it a step further and develop projects under the Sony Pictures Television banner is truly an honor,” said Union. “There is an obvious feeling of change happening in Hollywood and I feel very fortunate to now have the opportunity to create necessary projects that are reflective of those changes.”

Union made her producing debut as executive producer of the Lifetime movie With This Ring, in which she also starred, and followed that up by executive producing two other starring vehicles, the Universal feature comedy Almost Christmas and BET’s drama series Being Mary Jane.  Being Mary Jane will be wrapping next year after airing on the network for four season with a two-hour movie on the network later this year.  She can be seen next on the big screen in the Universal thriller Breaking In.

 

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