Common has teamed up with director Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “Grease: Live”) and Ian Edelman (“Puerto Ricans in Paris”) for a comedy series titled “93 Til Infinity,” which is currently set up at Fox TV.
“93 til Infinity” follows a once successful 1990’s rapper (he’s black) who is struggling to adjust in the present day, as he works to figure out the next chapter of his life, reconnecting with his (white) best friend from middle school, himself also suffering a midlife crisis.
Written by Edelman, Kail (via his Old 320 Sycamore shingle), Common (via his Freedom Road Productions) and 3 Arts, will executive produce alongside Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (“The Carmichael Show”), who will also serve as showrunner.
The premise of an aging rapper coping with a midlife crisis is certainly an intriguing one all by itself. Inserting a white co-star is unnecessary, although I assume doing so is to make the potential series an interracial affair, and thus potentially more marketable to a broader audience; at least, I’m assuming that’s the thinking here. But let’s see how this goes. Fox has made a script commitment to the project at this point.
Common continues to be busy both in front of and behind the camera, as well as in the music studio. He was most recently seen in “Suicide Squad” and “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” won an Oscar for co-writing the song Glory from Selma. On his upcoming slate are a feature thriller titled “24 Four Hours to Live” in which he’ll co-star with Ethan Hawke, a “Black Samurai” TV series he’s attached to star in with RZA producing, and a “Cooley High” remake he’s a producer for, along with DeVon Franklin.
He is repped by CAA.