The next project for 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen has been solidified. The filmmaker began developing a “provocative” project for HBO in the fall of 2013, and now Deadline reports that the pay cable network has ordered to series said project: a six-episode limited series called Codes of Conduct. The Shame and Hunger director will helm all six episodes of the show, which is described as “an exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems.”
McQueen co-wrote the project with Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z, State of Play), and newcomer Devon Terrell has already been set to star with Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rebecca Hall set to co-star. As a massive fan of McQueen’s work (if you haven’t seen Shame or Hunger, rectify that immediately), I can’t wait to see what he brings to this kind of story in a long format. The six-episode structure gives him a lot of time to work with, and should make for some incredibly compelling television, not to mention more than a couple of long takes no doubt.
This is the latest in a series of major coups for HBO, which landed Cary Fukunaga to helm the entire first season of True Detective, and which now has two series set up with David Fincher. The Gone Girl filmmaker is currently shooting the pilot for his comedy Living on Video, and he’s set to helm the entire first season of Utopia, written by Gone Girl author/scribe Gillian Flynn. And then Martin Scorsese recently directed the pilot for the network’s upcoming untitled “Rock ‘n Roll” project, and Steven Soderbergh is directing the second season of sister network Cinemax’s The Knick.
And in other HBO news, the network announced today that Snoop Dogg is partnering with the network to develop a new drama series to be directed by Allen Hughes (Book of Eli). The show is set in early 80s Los Angeles and revolves around a family whose seemingly idyllic life is turned upside down by the collision of their community and American politics. Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris) is writing the script, while Snoop Dogg will executive produce alongside Hughes.
So if you don’t already have HBO, you may want to go ahead and get ready to sign up for HBO Now. As if it wasn’t already clear, some of the most interesting filmmaking and storytelling is happening on the small screen.