“Bombingham” takes place in the city that was the epicenter of the modern civil rights movement. The storytelling will shift time frames between past and present to tell the story of a murder that is discovered 50 years later and threatens to upend the fragile peace in the city between whites and African-Americans. The title refers to the city’s nickname in the black community, which suffered a slew of racially motivated bombings and other violence from the late 1940s through the 1960s.
Woo is writing the script and will exec produce with Aaron Kaplan.
Woo spent six seasons on HBO’s “True Blood,” rising to exec producer rank. At present he’s also developing a comic thriller for HBO and Lionsgate, “Headhunters,” based on the Jo Nesbo novel. And HBO tapped Woo to pen the adaptation of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” based on the nonfiction tome by Rebecca Skloot. Alan Ball and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Prods. are shepherding “Immortal Life” as a telepic.
Woo’s other TV writing credits include a stint on the Showtime thriller “Sleeper Cell.” He’s repped by UTA.