Fox Develops Russell Simmons Biopic

Def Jam founder reportedly working with the network on the project.

Rap mogul Russell Simmons will work with the Fox network to develop

a biopic about himself that will serve as a hip-hop history project,

according to Reuters. The program about the Def Jam Records

co-founder, which likely will be a four-hour miniseries, reportedly is

one of several projects in development at Fox focused on minority themes

or talent. Reuters reported that the National Association for the

Advancement of Colored People has threatened a boycott, placing Fox and

other networks under pressure to add diversity to their prime time hours.

Def Jam is home label to such rappers as DMX, Foxy Brown,

LL Cool J and Jay-Z, and Simmons has produced such films

as "How to Be a Player" and "Krush Groove." Seagram, which owns Universal

Records, bought Def Jam earlier this year; Simmons remains the label's

chairman.