Lena Waithe's Showtime Drama Heats Up With Rick Famuyiwa Attached to Direct

Several roles will be recast before the pilot is reshot.
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Lena Waithe's Showtime drama is heating up.

Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) has come on board to direct a new pilot for the untitled coming-of-age project, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The network and studio Fox 21 are also preparing to recast several roles for the pilot, which will be reshot after originally receiving a pilot order from the pay cabler in August 2015. The addition of Famuyiwa comes after Showtime ordered additional scripts for the drama earlier this year.

The project is described as a relevant, timely and distinctive coming-of-age story of a young African-American male in which just growing up can be a matter of life and death. Waithe penned the script and will executive produce alongside Common, for whom the project marks his scripted producing debut. Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan also is on board as an executive producer along with Elwood Reid (The Bridge), who will serve as showrunner.

Famuyiwa replaces Clark Johnson (Homeland, The Wire), who directed the original pilot. This brings him back to the small screen where he most recently directed the HBO film Confirmation starring Kerry Washington.

The news comes hours after Showtime, in a rare move, confirmed that it will not be ordering another season of period drama Masters of Sex. If picked up to series, it would join ongoing dramas Billions, The AffairEpisodesHomeland, Dice, Ray Donovan and Shameless. The pay cabler's upcoming series include Guerrilla, I'm Dying Up Here, Purity and the Twin Peaks mini.

In addition to her breakout acting role on Netflix's Master of None, Waithe's writing credits include Dear White People and Bones.

 

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