FX is getting in on the drug trade. The network has handed out a pilot order to Snowfall, a drama from award-winning filmmaker John Singleton which explores the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.
Snowfall is set against the backdrop of the crack cocaine problem in Los Angeles in 1981 and follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.
Eric Amadio co-wrote the script alongside John Singleton, who will also direct the pilot. FX’s sister studio FX Productions is behind the hour-long project, which is set to begin production this Summer. John Singleton, Dave Andron, Michael London, Eric Amadio and Trevor Engelson will executive produce.
“I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything,” said co-creator, director and executive producer John Singleton. “It’s a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture. I couldn’t have better partners for this journey.”
“Snowfall takes us on a wild ride through one of LA’s most fascinating cultural and social periods, and no one can tell this story better than John Singleton”, added Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “The pilot script by John and Eric brilliantly depicts the era through the story of three captivating characters, and we can’t wait to see John’s execution of it.”