A&E has handed out a pilot order to The Infamous, an hour-long hip-hop crime drama set in Los Angeles in the early 1990s.
The Infamous centers on two complicated men on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster poised to break out of South Central and the LAPD detective hell-bent on taking him down. The show is set against the backdrop of the turbulent events in the early 1990s leading up to the violent Los Angeles riots, which broke out after four LAPD officers accused of police brutality in the Rodney King case were acquitted on all charges.
The hour-long drama project is set up at A&E Studios and is being penned by Joshua Zetumer, whose long list of previous screenwriting credits include Robocop and the upcoming Gambit. Zetumer will also serve as an executive producer alongside Color Force’s Nina Jacobson’s and Brad Simpson. Casting is now underway, with production expected to commence later this year.
“Original scripted series have become an increasingly important part of the A&E brand,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, A&E’s Executive Vice-President & Head of Programming. “By looking a few decades back in time, The Infamous urgently explores the issues of racial tension and injustice that remain relevant today.”
This marks the first drama project to land a pilot order at A&E since the executive re-shuffle saw Elaine Frontain Bryant take up position as Head of Programming in March. It also comes shortly after the network dropped the ax on their adaptation of Frenxh zombie drama The Returned and renewed Psycho prequel Bates Motel for two additional seasons.