12:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
FX and John Singleton Partner for 1980s Crack Drama
John Singleton is turning his attention towards TV. After directing an episode of Empire earlier this year, the Oscar-winning Boyz n the Hood filmmaker has signed on with FX to helm a pilot he co-wrote with scribe Eric Amadio.
Snowfall, a period drama set in 1981 Los Angeles, follows the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic and its cultural impact — telling the story from the perspectives of three different characters on a "violent collision course."
“I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything,” said Singleton. “It's a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture. I couldn't have better partners for this journey.”
News of the order was announced by FX Networks and FX Productions presidents of original programming Nick Grad and Eric Schrier. “Snowfall takes us on a wild ride through one of LA’s most fascinating cultural and social periods, and no one can tell this story better than John Singleton,” said Schrier. “The pilot script by John and Eric brilliantly depicts the era through the story of three captivating characters, and we can’t wait to see John’s execution of it."
FX, which has been beefing up its slate in recent years, just said goodbye to both Justified and its most-watched series of all time, Sons of Anarchy. There are certainly some holes to fill.
Production on Snowfall begins this summer, with casting news to come. Justified vets Dave Andron, Michael London and Trevor Engelson join Singleton and Amadio as as executive producers.
Singleton is repped by Underground.