BET Networks is developing a scripted anthology series with veteran industry executive Irv Gotti. Tales, produced and created by Gotti and his Visionary Ideas production company, will adapt the lyrics of classic hip-hop songs into three-act, 60-minute narratives. Among the tracks being transformed into cinematic “song stories”: N.W.A’s “F*ck Tha Police” and Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On the Run.”
Slated for second or third quarter 2017, Tales will be helmed by a different director, screenwriter and cast each week, all drawn from a mix of established and emerging talents. The series will be presented in a multi-platform cross-collaboration with Tidal in which the global service will stream exclusive director’s cut versions of the episodes following their initial airings on BET.