HBO Orders Drama Pilots from Kathryn Bigelow, Adam McKay & Will Ferrell

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HBO is turning to two Oscar winners for the network’s next round of drama pilots.

The premium cabler has ordered two pilots from “The Big Short” scribe Adam McKay and “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn BigelowVariety has confirmed.

From McKay comes “Succession,” a family drama that follows the saga of a fictional, American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful, but also powerfully dysfunctional. The project will explore family loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st century.

Will Ferrell is attached to “Succession” as an exec producer, reuniting with McKay who directed Ferrell’s “Anchorman” movies and “Step Brothers.” McKay will direct the pilot, which will be penned by Jesse Armstrong. Both will exec produce with Ferrell, Kevin Messick and Frank Rich, a creative consultant to HBO and exec producer on “Veep.”

From Bigelow comes “Mogadishu, Minnesota,” a family drama that grapples with what it means to be American, among the Somalis of Minneapolis. When the project was put into development, it was described as giving a glimpse into the world of Jihadi recruitment.

Somali Canadian rapper and singer K’naan Warsame is penning the script and will direct the pilot. He will exec produce with Bigelow and Carolyn Strauss.

The pilot orders mark the first to fall under HBO’s new programming president Casey Bloys, following Michael Lombardo’s exit.

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