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David Simon and George Pelecanos will head back to Baltimore for their latest HBO project.
The frequent collaborators — on The Wire, Treme and most recently The Deuce — are working on a limited series titled We Own This City that will delve into the story behind the Baltimore PD’s infamous Gun Trace Task Force.
HBO declined comment.
We Own This City, based on a book by journalist Justin Fenton, will center on the Gun Trace Task Force, which was designed to get firearms and violent criminals off the streets of Baltimore amid a rising murder rate in the city. The unit ended up functioning as a criminal outfit of its own, with officers stealing money from people they claimed were suspects, conducting illegal searches, planting evidence and skimming cash from drug busts.
A federal Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into the task force yielded indictments against eight members of the unit. Six pleaded guilty, and the two who didn’t were sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The limited series marks a return to familiar ground for Simon, a former Baltimore Sun reporter whose book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets was the basis for the NBC series Homicide. Simon’s book The Corner became an HBO miniseries, and he also set The Wire, where he first teamed with Pelecanos, in Baltimore.
Simon’s long relationship with HBO has also produced Generation Kill, Treme, The Deuce, Show Me a Hero and most recently The Plot Against America, based on Philip Roth’s novel.
In addition to his work with Simon, author and screenwriter Pelecanos also worked on The Pacific for HBO and has written more than 20 novels. He is repped by WME and Thruline Entertainment.
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