EXCLUSIVE: Cinemax has put in development The Straits, a drama series adaptation of the 2012 Australian series starring Brian Cox. Hell On Wheels creators Tony Gayton and Joe Gayton will write, executive produce and run the project, a gritty modern-day drama that tells the story of a powerful and dangerous crime family who run their business out of the Florida Keys and into Jamaica, trafficking drugs, guns and exotic animals. When the kingpin tells his three sons that he has not yet chosen a successor, he sets in motion a series of catastrophic events that could destroy the very business he’s fought to build.
The original series, based on an idea by and co-starring actor Aaron Fa’aoso, was produced by Australian production company Matchbox Pictures, in which NBCUniversal has a majority stake. The Cinemax version will be co-produced by two other NBCU divisions, Working Title and Universal TV. The original series is available in the U.S. on Hulu (watch the trailer below). The Gaytons, repped by UTA, created AMC’s period Western drama Hell On Wheels and served as executive producers on the series for the first two seasons until their departure last October. Their feature credits include Faster for CBS Films with Castle Rock Entertainment and two other project for Castle Rock, Salt & Sea and Murder By Numbers.