A drug kingpin portrayed by Denzel Washington in hit film American Gangster is developing a Tv series based on his life.

Former New York-based heroin importer Frank Lucas is set to tell his tale about dealing drugs in the late 1960s and early 1970s in a series called Blue Magic.

A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six that Lucas will appear in the programme, and filming is expecting to begin in the Big Apple in August (15).

In addition, Lucas is hoping to recruit rapper Jay Z, whose 2007 album is titled American Gangster, to sign on as a producer of the show.

Washington's 2007 film also starred Russell Crowe and Ruby Dee, and was directed by Sir Ridley Scott.