First announced in June as a possibility, Deadline confirmed yesterday that it is now a reality, as HBO has reportedly ordered a pilot episode, which Spike Lee will direct, from a script penned by John Ridley, created by Doug Ellin (Entourage) and Mike Tyson, both also wearing producer hats, along with the aforementioned Spike.
The drama series project will be titled Da Brick, and is described as “a contemporary exploration of what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America.”
Da Brick is said to be “loosely inspired” by Mike Tyson’s youth, and will be set in present-day Newark, NJ (aka “brick city,” for those in da know; hence, Da Brick).
The series was originally billed as “Entourage meets The Wire;” but that idea apparently went out the window when John Ridley and Spike Lee came on-board, and took on the form it now is in currently.
Casting is currently underway… no ETA on when we can expect to see it though.
Color me definitely intrigued!