John Singleton’s “Snowfall” Series Picked Up By FX
John Singleton’s 1980s-set cocaine drama Snowfall has been picked up by FX, according to a new report. The network has green-lit a 10-episode series order, with the series set to debut in 2017. Over a year ago, the cable network picked up the drama to pilot and the series was redeveloped with script rewrites and some re-castings on the pilot. The original was co-written by Singleton and Eric Amadio. The new pilot was penned by Singleton, Amadio and Dave Andron, who will also serve as show runner.
The new series is set in 1983. Here’s the official description:
A storm is coming and its name is cocaine. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata (Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Luica Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.
FX president of original programming Eric Schrier said,
We are excited to add Snowfall to our original series lineup. Dave Andron, Tommy Schlamme, John Singleton and Eric Amadio have delivered a riveting and beautiful pilot and we can’t wait to start work on the series.
Production begins October.