American Gangster prequel series in development

By Nathaniel Dalby - Wed 25th Oct 2017 News

The writer of Narcos is back with another true-crime project.

A prequel series to the 2007 Ridley Scott crime drama American Gangster is in development.

American Gangster is a semi-biographical crime film that follows drug kingpin Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) as detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) attempts to bring down his empire. 

The series, which is titled The Godfather of Harlem, is being helmed by Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato and stars Forest Whitaker.

Whitaker will play Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas’ mentor in a prequel series to the film, where viewers will see how he’s formed into to character in American Gangster.

Brancato said in an interview that the series would show the present by looking at the past.

“It’s Harlem, the 1960s, a gangster named Bumpy Johnson was very close friends with Malcolm X, so the show is about the collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement. It’s an opportunity to examine some of the things that are going on racially right now, but through the prism of the past.”

Whilst it’s not yet known where the series will emerge, the creator claimed that it will be shopped around with Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu to see which service would be interested.

The creator also mentioned that he was talking with rap artist Kendrick Lamar about writing the soundtrack to the series.

Brancato has previous success in real-world crime dramas, with Netflix series Narcos proving to be very popular with viewers.

Source: Screen Rant