HBO has put in development Bros, a comedy from director Anthony Hemingway (Red Tails) and TV production executive-turned-producer Mark Taylor’s Hemingway | Taylor shingle and Dear White People producer Lena Waithe.
Written by Ben Cory Jones (Hand Of God) loosely based on his real life as a gay black man with his non-gay brothers, Bros centers on three African-American brothers — two straight and one gay — who are each dealing with love and dating. Hemingway and Taylor executive produce, Jones and Waithe co-executive produce.
Jones originally wrote the project on spec and gave the script to Hemingway. Then titled Bros Before Hos, the comedy shot a presentation this year that starred Dijon Talton (Glee), Kevin Phillips (Red Tails), Tuffy Questell (How To Make It In America), Dana Sorman (Harry’s Law), Nia Jervier (Dear White People) and Kristofer Gordon. Here is a trailer; you can watch the full presentation below the post.
“Bros Before Hos isn’t a black story or a gay story — it’s a family story about three brothers, who happen to be black, and one who happens to be gay,” Jones said in an online interview during the filming of the presentation. “There seem to be more stories that deal with the interior lives of black women, but it’s hard to find stories that deal with the interior lives of black men. We’re either thugs or athletes, but there’s so much more to who we are that falls in between that spectrum. It’s ironic that in 2014, and even with a black president, one of the hardest things to be in this country right now is a young black man.”
In the same interview, Hemingway said that “this kind of material resonates deeply within both Mark and I as African-American men, as production friendly filmmakers and as industry professionals. We both know so many people, not just African-Americans, who question why there isn’t more programming that reflects the growing diversity of the American experience, so it’s incredibly satisfying to be a part of something that might otherwise be overlooked or ignored.”
In addition to directing the 2012 feature Red Tails, about a group of African-American United States Army Air Forces servicemen during World War II, Hemingway has directed the pilot for the Starz series Power and episodes of HBO’s Treme, The Wire and The Newsroom as well as Shameless, Orange Is The New Black and American Horror Story: Freak Show. He served as co-executive producer on Treme and the last season of The Newsroom.
Hemingway and Taylor are repped by WME and Hemingway’s attorney Tom Hoberman; Jones is repped by CAA and Fineman Entertainment; Waithe is repped by Paradigm and The Mission.