eOne inks first-look deal with Will.i.am

Entertainment One (eOne) has signed a first-look deal with will.i.am, the musician and producer, that covers film, scripted and unscripted programming.

Under the deal, will.i.am will serve as an executive producer on all projects and will develop and produce original programming with eOne, which will control the worldwide rights to projects.

The first project under the deal will be a TV adaptation of Marvel Comics’ graphic novel Masters of the Sun – The Zombie Chronicles.

Masters of the Sun tells the tale of a hip-hop group from Los Angeles who must battle an ancient alien god that turns drug dealers and gangsters into zombies.

“Will.i.am has an extensive track record of creating entertainment content that moves masses and shapes cultural moments,” stated Peter Micelli, eOne’s chief strategy officer of film, television and digital. “We have long admired his body of work and can’t wait to collaborate on exceptional content together.”

Will.i.am added: “It’s a dream come true to be collaborating with eOne, to be surrounded by great partners who can help take ideas from my brain, from books and onward to explode and entertain on multiple screens. It’s also a true honor to have the opportunity to work with Mark Gordon, one of the most prolific and respected producers in Hollywood and beyond.”

The seven-time Grammy winner was also a producer for Apple’s first TV project, Planet of the Apps.