Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”) will direct the pilot based on a script he co-wrote with Eric Amadio. The announcement was made by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, presidents of original programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.
The one-hour drama will be set in Los Angeles in 1981 against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its impact on the culture. The story follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler-turned-gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.
“’Snowfall’ takes us on a wild ride through one of L.A.’s most fascinating cultural and social periods, and no one can tell this story better than John Singleton,” said Schrier. “The pilot script by John and Eric brilliantly depicts the era through the story of three captivating characters, and we can’t wait to see John’s execution of it.”
Singleton said: “I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything. It’s a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture.”
Oscar winner Singleton will exec produce, along with Amadio (“Stuntmen”), David Andron (“Justified”), Michael London of Groundswell Productions and Trevor Engelson of Underground.
Production will begin this summer on the pilot, which is being produced by FX Productions.