’12 Years a Slave’ director scores deal with HBO

mcqueen_245398bDirector Steve McQueen is not only getting all types of accolades for his film, 12 Years a Slave, he’s getting gigs too! According to Deadline.com, McQueen just signed a deal with HBO to write and direct a new drama series.

McQueen is teaming with writer Michael Carnahan (World War Z) with Russell Simmons producing alongside Oscar-winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. Although the series doesn’t have a name or cast yet, the story revolves around a young Black man’s experience entering New York’s high society scene. Deadline says that the series is being described as “Six Degrees of Separation meets Shame.”

It also sounds like the premise of a Jay-Z lyric… “… only spot a few Blacks the higher I go.”

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