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Seven months after his critical darling Treme ended its four-season run, the premium cable network has greenlit miniseries Show Me a Hero, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Crash‘s Paul Haggis will direct, with Oscar Isaac (Drive, Star Wars: Episode VII) and Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips) attached to star in the six-hour entry.
Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me a Hero explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, N.Y.
Simon and William F. Zorzi will pen the script and executive produce alongside Nina Noble, Gail Mutrux and Haggis, who will direct via The Wire creator’s A Blown Deadline banner.
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Show Me a Hero is set in an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It centers on the young mayor of a midsize American city who is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the whole city apart, paralyzes the entire municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.
Isaac will star as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy. Keener will portray Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a remarkable realization during the battle over where to build low-income housing.
Simon, who earned Emmy nominations for his work on HBO’s The Wire and miniseries Generation Kill as well as The Corner, is repped by CAA. Isaac, who next appears in Star Wars: Episode VII as well as Ex Machina and Mojave, is with UTA, Inspire and Stone Meyer. Oscar nominee Keener (Capote, Being John Malkovich), who earned an Emmy nomination for her starring role in Showtime’s telepic An American Crime, is with Gersh.
Show Me a Hero marks HBO’s latest miniseries. It joins John Turturro starrer Criminal Justice and its upcoming Frances McDormand entry Olive Kitteridge, which bows in the winter. The premium cabler has found success with the format, with Parade’s End, Mildred Pierce, The Pacific, Generation Kill and John Adams as well as Angels in America and Band of Brothers all earning awards season recognition.
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