After the success and recognition director Steve McQueen is getting for 12 Years a Slave, we’re sure he’s getting all types of offers. But with this kind of success, the field opens up a bit to be able to focus on projects you’ve always wanted to do. For McQueen, it’s to tell the story of what it’s like to be Black in Britain.
In an interview with the U.K. Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, McQueen said he’s developing a series for the BBC that will tell the story of that experience.
“I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists,” McQueen said.
McQueen said the series will be set in West London, where he grew up, and will be a coming of age story that will focus on a group of friends growing up in the 1960s until 2014. He will spend the next year developing the series with a group of writers an actors.