USA Network Orders 'American Rust' Drama Series From Michael De Luca

David Gordon Green will direct and executive produce the pilot, which is based on the Philipp Meyer book of the same name.
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USA Network has found its next drama.

The network has given a straight-to-series order to an adaptation of Philipp Meyer's book American Rust, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama of the same name is set in a small Pennsylvania rust belt town and follows the rise and fall of a crime-riddled community as seen through the eyes of a sheriff with a history of violence.

This is the second series adaptation of Meyer's work following AMC's period drama The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan. The Son writers Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman penned the pilot with Meyer and will executive produce the drama with Michael De Luca (The Social Network) via his Michael De Luca Productions, as well as Platform One Media's Elisa Ellis Courtney Conte. De Luca's producing partner Elishia Holmes is on board as a co-executive producer, while David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) is attached to direct and exec produce the premiere episode.

Universal Cable Productions will co-produce with Platform One Media.

The series pickup comes a week after USA unveiled its latest drama series, the depression-era drama Damnation. Next up, the network will debut the true crime drama Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. in early 2018. USA's original drama slate also includes Mr. Robot, Queen of the South, Colony, Falling Water, The Sinner and Suits, the latter of which is nearly a season-eight renewal at the cabler.

American Rust also comes two years into the cabler's rebranding toward edgier, darker material like Mr. Robot and away from blue-sky programming like Suits. However, the network also still has unscripted half-hour Chrisley Knows Best and the upcoming Psych reunion movie.

In addition to producing most of USA's slate, UCP's other dramas include 12 Monkeys, Channel Zero, Happy!, Killjoys, The Magicians for Syfy; Bravo's Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and Imposters; and The Arrangement and The Royals at E!. Outside the NBCUniversal umbrella, UCP has the Ellen Page-led Umbrella Academy series adaptation at Netflix, and Difficult People at Hulu.

This marks one of De Luca's first forays into scripted television after he previously exec produced the Syfy mini Childhood's End in 2015. His upcoming small-screen projects include Michael Mann's Vietnam War miniseries Hue 1968 for FX, and the Ben Stiller limited series Escape at Dannemora for Showtime.

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