FX Lifts '4 Oz.' with 'Nip/Tuck' Creator
Ryan Murphy teams with Brad Pitt to produce pilot
The cable network has ordered a pilot episode for "4 Oz.," a drama about a man who realizes he'd rather live as a woman and the transformation he undergoes. FX has also asked for three additional scripts, the showbiz trade papers report.
Brad Falchuk, who's written a number of "Nip/Tuck" episodes, and Murphy penned the pilot together. Murphy will also direct the pilot and executive produce with Brad Pitt -- who's taking on his first TV series project as a producer -- and Dede Gardner.
The show is the first product of an eight-figure development deal Murphy signed with FX and its News Corp. cousins FOX and 20th Century Fox TV earlier this year.
It's also undergone some tweaks since Murphy's original pitch. He sold the show as being about a sportswriter -- a premise that's currently playing out in real life with Los Angeles Times scribe Christine Daniels (formerly Mike Penner). The lead character will now be a gynecologist who shares a practice with his father.
"Nip/Tuck" has touched on transgender issues before; Famke Janssen played a woman who was once a man in the show's second season.