ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Studios have signed an exclusive overall deal with David and Jessica Oyelowo for original scripted and unscripted series, the companies announced on Thursday (Sept. 9).
The deal is through the Oyelowos’ production company Yoruba Saxon. 101 Studios will serve as a production partner on all projects within the agreement.
The first series planned for development under the agreement is Bass Reeves, a limited scripted series about the legendary lawman of the American wild west, who’s believed to be an inspiration for The Lone Ranger. David Oyelowo is attached to star as Reeves in the project, which is produced by Taylor Sheridan.
“The stories Jess and I want to tell are boundary-busting and full of folks the likes of whom we have seldom seen on screen,” said David Oyelow in a release.
“The extraordinary story of Bass Reeves exemplifies just that. To collaborate with world-class talent like Taylor Sheridan to tell those stories to the widest audience possible, is our dream, and we believe that can and will be realized through the shared ambitions we have with ViacomCBS and its signature branded platforms, alongside our seasoned and brilliant producing partners at 101 Studios.”
David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios added: “We are thrilled to partner with David, Jessica and the entire team at Yoruba Saxon on this new endeavor and we are especially excited about our first project on Bass Reeves chronicling the legendary life of the west’s most feared lawman. We can’t wait to give audiences an exclusive look into his strength, perseverance and absolutely remarkable story through our joint venture with Yoruba and our friends at ViacomCBS.”