According to Variety, Imagine's Brian Grazer has made a Universal deal for an untitled drama set in the world of Japanese organized crime, known as yakuza. Aaron and Matthew Benay will write the script.

Kyoto-set drama focuses on a white American kid who's orphaned in Japan and raised by yakuza gang members. He becomes one of their fiercest leaders during an all-out gang war.

U execs Dylan Clark and Donna Langley will steer the project. With John Calley, Grazer is producing Columbia's The Da Vinci Code. He's also producing the Spike Lee-directed Inside Man at U.