T Bone Burnett, Callie Khouri Partner With Tandem Productions on Miami Music Drama 'Deep City'
The series, created by '24' producer Juan Carlos Coto, is an ensemble drama set against the backdrop of Miami's Midtown nightlife.
StudioCanal's Tandem Productions is partnering with Oscar-winning writer Callie Khouri and husband, Oscar-winning musician T Bone Burnett, on Deep City, a Miami-set musical ensemble drama created by producer Juan Carlos Coto (24, From Dusk Till Dawn).
Coto, whose credits include Nikita and Heroes, will serve as showrunner on Deep City and executive produce the show with Khouri, Burnett and Tandem’s Tim Halkin and Rola Bauer. Tandem also produces the Europe-based series Crossing Lines and Spotless.
Deep City is described as an ensemble piece that looks at a cross-section of Miami society — the musicians, entertainers and criminals in the city where so many go to reinvent themselves or escape their past.
“The most important issues today are around race and immigration, globalism vs. tribalism. If you had to locate the intersection of those four points on a map, you would be in Miami,” says Khouri. “Then add music, dance and the city where people come to remake their lives into their version of the American dream, that's our show.”
“Put simply, this is a show about the new American dream,” adds Coto. “When people think of Miami, they’re often thinking Miami Beach. That’s all good, but we want to explore the other narratives this city has to offer. The way Midtown’s exploded in the last decade — music, art, food, everything — it’s a whole new way for Miami to tell its story all over again. This is a city that is constantly reinventing itself.”
Khouri won an Oscar for her script for Thelma & Louise and created the country music drama series Nashville. An iconic musician and music producer, Burnett won an Oscar for best original song for "The Weary Kind," which he co-wrote with Ryan Bingham for Crazy Heart.
“I love digging into the rich history of Miami music, with its mix of Rhythm and Blues, Afro-Caribbean and South American vibes,” said Burnett, commenting on Deep City. “I love the sound of the place and the colors of the place. It is a world intersection. A profound border town.”
Universal Music Group, which like Tandem Productions' parent StudioCanal is owned by French media giant Vivendi, is also on board the series as a partner.
Bauer comments that the city of Miami “politically and socially” embodies what is happening in the world at this moment. “Our talented partners were also inspired: from the prolific T Bone, Callie’s strong female voice and Juan Carlos’ vision of Miami, together with StudioCanal’s full studio backing and UMG’s support, we are sure to make Deep City an addictive series that will have huge appeal on the global stage.”
StudioCanal will distribute Deep City internationally.