Maria Sharapova is already the world’s highest-paid female athlete, a big-time endorser, and a member of People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful celebrities club. And on top of all that, according to Variety she’s hoping to become a television producer as well.
Sharapova has partnered with writer Jacob Epstein to lob a sports-themed drama toward the CW net. Project will be set inside the world of professional women's tennis -- a topic Sharapova, currently ranked fifth among the world's female players, knows a thing or two about.The project is being backed by CBS Paramount Network TV, and is currently in the script stage. While Sharapova’s presence may have jettisoned the project to this stage, the pressure is on to Epstein to deliver a winning pilot script. The struggling CW could desperately use a breakout hit, and Sharapova’s tennis project could be the perfect complement the network’s “Gossip Girl.” Should the script ever make it to pilot or series, the real question will be – just which character is Sharapova?