9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Antoine Fuqua Diamond Trader Drama Ordered Straight-to-Series at AT&T Audience Network
Fresh off announcing that Rogue's fourth season will be its last, AT&T Audience Network has added another drama to its lineup.
Following a prolonged deal-making process, the former DirecTV has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Antoine Fuqua diamond drama Ice, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Produced by Entertainment One, Ice will focus on the treacherous and colorful world of diamond traders in downtown Los Angeles. It will begin production in August for a launch later this year on the Audience Network
The serialized crime drama follows the Green family as it plunges into the underbelly of the L.A. diamond trade. Jake and Freddy are half-brothers brought together by their father, Isaac, the patriarch behind G&G Diamonds, and their uncle Cam. After wildcard Freddy kills a prominent diamond dealer, his Jake must bail him out and save the family business while maneuvering amongst jewelry thugs, blood diamond deals, false certificates and the Feds.
Fuqua (Training Day) will direct the premiere and executive produce. Robert Munic (The Cleaner) will pen the script and exec produce.
“I’ve been interested in this idea for several years and am thrilled to have found such great partners to bring this project to fruition,” Fuqua said of the drama that has been in the works for nearly two years. “I’m always looking for projects that explore worlds that audiences think they know, and then shining an authentic light on them, and with Ice we’re going to do both.”
For the Audience Network, Ice joins a roster of original scripted programming that includes Kingdom, You Me Her, Rogue and the recently ordered Peter Farrelly comedy Loudermilk.
For his part, the CAA-repped Fuqua is in production on CBS' rebooted take on Training Day. The deal comes four months after Fuqua inked an overall deal for television fare with The Weinstein Co. Ice, which predates that pact, joins Fuqua's TWC take on Mario Puzo's Omerta, the final book in the author's mafia trilogy that started with The Godfather and The Last Don.