HBO sniffs 'Cocaine'
Empty"Cocaine Cowboys" is saddling up at HBO. Feature heavyweights Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay are exec producing the drama project, which Meredith Stiehm, creator/exec producer of Bruckheimer's CBS drama "Cold Case," has come on board to write.
Inspired by Billy Corben's 2006 documentary, "Cowboys" chronicles the early days of cocaine trafficking in Miami. It is being produced by Warner Bros. TV, where Jerry Bruckheimer TV is based.
WBTV also is on board to run physical production on "Cowboys" if it gets greenlighted. That is believed to be a first for the studio and its corporate sibling network and marks an evolution in the companies' relationship as Warners expands its cable presence.
Speaking of expansion to cable, "Cowboys" marks Bruckheimer's first pay cable series project. The producer recently landed his first basic cable pilot with TNT's "The Line."
Bay, who brought the idea to his friend Bruckheimer, is executive producing "Cowboys" with him, Stiehm and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed serves as consulting producer on the project, whose producers are working with the team behind the 2006 documentary.
Bruckheimer and Bay are the latest A-list names to partner with HBO. The pay cable network inked an exclusive deal with Oprah Winfrey this week.
Bruckheimer TV and Stiehm are repped by CAA. Bay is with WMA. (partialdiff)