Steve McQueen has been set to write and direct a heist thriller based on the 1980s British miniseries Widows for New Regency. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce with McQueen, and preproduction likely will kick off before year’s end. In the 1983 ITV six-part series written by Prime Suspect scribe Lynda La Plante, four armed robbers are killed during a robbery and their surviving widows come together to try to finish the failed job. A sequel mini came two years later.

McQueen, who directed the Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave, is at work on the HBO drama pilot Codes Of Conduct, a provocative exploration of a young black man’s experience entering New York high society. It just found its lead in newcomer Devon Terrell after a 10-month search.