David Simon stands as the creator of one of the most popular television series to ever exist. Now, he’s creating a new miniseries for HBO, which will star one of the more prominent talents in Hollywood, that will deal with fallout from one of the most tumultuous eras of the 20th century.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Simon is teaming up with director Paul Haggis (Crash) to create “Show Me a Hero,” a new six-episode miniseries that will be coming exclusively to HBO later this year. Based on the non-fiction novel of the same name by author Lisa Belkin, “Show Me a Hero” takes place in the 1980s in a small New York town. The synopsis reads,
In 1988, when a federal judge ordered the city of Yonkers, New York, to integrate more thoroughly its low-income housing throughout the city, it set off a bitter dispute that would consume the town for the next five years. Among those caught in the controversy was the city’s 28-year-old mayor, Nicholas Wasicsko, who had used the issue to his advantage during his campaign and found that he would never be able to escape it, either during or after his administration. Veteran New York Times journalist Lisa Belkin focuses not on the abstract “sides” of the integration debate, but on the people who take those sides.
The series has cast Oscar Isaac in the lead role, presumably as mayor Nicholas Wasickso. Other cast members that have joined include Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban and Jim Belushi, all in currently unspecified roles.
“Show Me a Hero” is expected to debut this August on HBO. For more on the series as it takes shape, keep a tab open to GeekNation.
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