HBO is back in business with The Wire and Treme creator David Simon. Though the insanely smart and wonderfully talented writer is currently developing a Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries America: In the King Years at the network, it appears that a miniseries of a different sort will materialize first. HBO has now given the greenlight to Show Me a Hero, which is based on the non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin and tells the story of Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the country in the 1960s who was forced by a federal court to build a number of low-income housing units in white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, New York. The result of the effort was the eruption of tensions in the city and the destruction of his political future. Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener are poised to lead the six-hour drama.
So we’ve got David Simon writing a racially charged miniseries with Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener starring. Sounds fantastic right? Well then we have the director: Paul Haggis. More after the jump.