December 04, 2013 5:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
John Singleton, Russell Simmons Team for Miami-Set Club Drama at HBO
John Singleton is heading to HBO.
The Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood writer-director-producer is developing drama Club Life: Miami with Russell Simmons at HBO, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Club Life: Miami is set against the South Beach club scene and follows a reformed criminal who moves to Miami and gains a new lease on life as he embraces the vibrant, youthful and transgressive world. Singleton will write and executive produce the project. Simmons also is on board to executive produce Club Life via his overall deal with the premium cable network.
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The sale marks the second for Simmons at HBO; he most recently set up an untitled drama from 12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen and World War Z scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan about a young African-American man with a mysterious past as he experiences life in New York high society.
Singleton is best known for Boyz n the Hood, for which he earned Academy Award nominations for directing and the original screenplay. His credits include Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Baby Boy and Four Brothers. He's repped by WME, Trevor Engelson at Underground and Steve Barnes. Simmons, who inked his HBO pact in May, is repped by CAA.
Club Life comes as premium cabler Starz is readying Power, a New York-set nightclub drama series from executive producer 50 Cent that will premiere in 2014.