Amy Pascal and Sony Pictures Television have teamed up with Jamie Foxx to executive produce a TV series adaptation of the upcoming new crime novel “Darktown” by author Thomas Mullen.
The 1940s story is set in Atlanta and will follow the city’s first black police officers. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym. In the story the book tells, when a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death.
Simon & Schuster, the book’s publisher, describes it as ” a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice.”
A search is on for a writer to script the adaptation.
The potential series is not yet set up at any specific TV network, but let’s hope that if it does make it to series that it’s on a premium network like HBO or Showtime so that it’s not watered down for broadcast TV.