The Rocky star will play mob boss Raymonde Aprile in the series inspired by The Godfather author Mario Puzo's book. The pilot script has been written by Justin Herber and Adam Hoff and TV bosses are currently searching for a female lead, according to Deadline.com.

Training Day filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is directing and also producing the project, alongside Sly, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and David Glasser. The series is expected to be shopped to networks in the near future.

The project, which has been in the works for 10 years, was originally slated to become a film after Harvey acquired the rights to the novel. However, scriptwriters were unable to adapt the book.