Titled “Mogadishu Minnesota,” the “The Hurt Locker” helmer will executive produce the series alongside K’naan, who will write the script and direct the pilot. The project grapples with what it’s like to be an American among the Somalis of Minneapolis. Viewers will “draw open an iron curtain behind which they will see the highly impenetrable world of Jihadi recruitment,” said an early description of the series.
Carolyn Strauss, former HBO president, will also executive produce. This pilot is one of the first to come under the new president of programming Casey Bloys.
The cable network also picked up “Succession” from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The drama follows the saga of a fictional American global-media family that is rich and powerful, but also very dysfunctional. The series will look at international business, the perils of power in the 21st century and family loyalty.
McKay will direct the pilot written by Jesse Armstrong, who also serves as executive producer alongside Ferrell, Kevin Messick and Frank Rich.
Bigelow will next direct and produce a yet untitled true crime drama, set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting days in 1967. Production is slated to start this summer, with hopes for the film to be released in 2017.