David Simon to Return to HBO with New Miniseries
Acclaimed writer/producer David Simon is set to return to the HBO fold with the upcoming six part miniseries Show Me a Hero
, which will star film actors Catherine Keener and Oscar Issac and be directed by Paul Haggis- who helmed the Oscar winning film Crash
Simon, who created, wrote, and produced a number of critically acclaimed shows for HBO, including Treme
, Generation Kill
, and The Wire
(which has been repeatedly declared to be among the best shows in the history of television), worked with William F. Zorzi to adapt Lisa Belkin's non-fiction book on the 1980s fight for housing desegregation. The mini-series will focus on a young city mayor who is ordered by federal courts to desegregate his city through building low-income housing units throughout the white neighborhoods within the city- a move that tears apart the city and set the stage for protests and anger from the top of city government down to the streets.
Issac will portray the mayor, Nick Wasicsko, while Keener will portray Mary Dorman, described as “an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a remarkable realization during the battle over where to build low-income housing.” No air date has been announced for the mini-series, but it is expected to air some time in 2015.