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David Ayer Latino Drama ‘Family Crimes’ Lands Production Commitment at Starz

Starz has given a production commitment to a crime family drama that was written by “Suicide Squad” writer-director David AyerVariety has confirmed.

Titled “Family Crimes,” the project follows a young Latina who is forced to reinvent herself when the federal government closes in on her family due to their ties to organized crime in Mexico. She must learn to navigate the web of deceit and danger in the criminal underworld in order to survive.

In addition to writing the script, Ayer will also executive produce. Jerry Bruckheimer will also executive produce via Jerry Bruckheimer TV, with Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed also executive producing.

Should the project move forward, it would be Ayer’s first foray into television, not counting the CBS series “Training Day,” which was based on the film of the same name for which Ayer wrote the screenplay. In addition to “Suicide Squad,” Ayer has written and directed films like “Fury,” “Sabotage,” and “End of Watch.” He also wrote the screenplays for film such as “The Fast and the Furious,” “U-571,” and “”S.W.A.T.”

News of this project comes on the heels of Starz announcing the full cast for “Vida,” a drama series about two sisters in East Los Angeles. That project was originally ordered to series in September, amid network head Chris Albrecht’s attempt to bring more diversity to Starz’ programming lineup.

Deadline first reported the Ayer project.

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