David Simon’s collaboration with HBO has been remarkably fruitful, generating such programming as Treme, The Corner, Generation Kill, and, of yeah, one of (if the not the) greatest television shows of all time, The Wire. And now Simon is once again working with the network, this time to bring to life a miniseries about civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Simon is reportedly attached to pen the first episode of a six-hour miniseries based on the Pulitzer Prize winning America: In The King Years books (Parting the Waters, Pillar of Fire and At Canaan’s Edge) by Taylor Branch, with production by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.
Simon is also expected to “oversee” the project with Eric Overmyer, with whom he co-created Treme.
Simon is known for exceptionally intelligent, gritty, and fact-based programming, something anyone who has seen the incredible likes of The Wire or Generation Kill can attest to. One can assume he will bring the same unflinching gaze to the miniseries about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.—expect this to be bracing, sharp, and crushing in its excellence.
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