Steve McQueen And Matthew Michael Carnahan Team With HBO For New TV Show

By Sarah Myles On October 29th, 2013

8883443 Steve McQueen And Matthew Michael Carnahan Team With HBO For New TV Show

If television is a collaboration, stand by for what is perhaps the most mind-blowingly exciting team roster in recent years. Director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and writer Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, State Of Play, World War Z) have co-written a pilot that has been snapped up by HBO.

But that’s not all. Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons – who recently launched his production company RSTV, and inked a first-look deal with HBO – is on board as Executive Producer, along with Academy Award winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech). Canning and Sherman have a long collaborative relationship with Steve McQueen – with Canning having produced his feature debut, Hunger (2008), and both having executive produced Shame (2011).

The as-yet unnamed pilot, which is to be directed by McQueen, will see a young African-American man enter New York’s high society, though his past “may not be what it seems.” While filming has yet to begin, the project has been ‘fast-tracked’, with the casting process well under way, and it is hoped that the pilot will be filmed before the highly-regarded director commences pre-production on his next feature.

With Steve McQueen riding the crest of a wave of critical appreciation for his latest film, 12 Years A Slave, and Matthew Michael Carnahan working wonders with World War Z, any project borne of this pairing is a very hot prospect indeed. Add HBO into that mix, with their reputation for game-changing, ground-breaking programming, and this show is instantly one to watch for.


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