Focus on a black cop’s killing of a white teen, the drama will air in 2016.
Lathan will play an investigator who attempts to discover the truth about what happened while she and her prosecutor partner navigate the “media attention, public debate and social unrest that accompany such a volatile case… before the divided town erupts into a race war,” according to Variety.
Prince-Bythewood, who penned and helmed last year’s exquisite “Beyond the Lights,” will write, direct and executive produce this project. Also handling writing and EP duties will be Prince-Bythewood’s husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood. The show is being billed as an “event series,” which means that it’s a miniseries that could receive multiple seasons depending on ratings.
“Gina and Reggie have crafted a profoundly moving portrayal of a timely and sensitive issue that pervades our culture at this very moment,” Fox president David Madden said in a statement. “This is not only an important story to tell, but also an explosive mystery-thriller, and we couldn’t be in better hands both with the creative team behind this, along with the very talented Sanaa Lathan leading the cast.”