Kurt Wimmer will keep busy leading up to the Christmas debut of the Point Break redo he scripted. The screenwriter is set for his first television gig with When The Levee Breaks, a Spike TV original drama about an illegal strike by the LAPD that threatens to cause chaos in the City of Angels. The story follows an African-American cop who is the only officer with the courage to cross the strike line to investigate the true motive behind the murders of the two racist cops whose deaths provoked the strike — and to whose murders he might be linked. Spike’s Sharon Levy, Ted Gold and Justin Lacob will oversee the project.
When The Levee Breaks continues Spike’s push into original scripted fare. Tut, the cable channel’s first scripted even series in eight years, premieres July 19. Other projects include Harvest, from Jerry Bruckheimer; Red Mars, a series adaptation of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy; The Crusaders, an event series whose producers include Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime; and War At The Shore, about the Atlantic City feud between moguls Donald Trump and Steve Wynn.
Wimmer’s credits include Salt, Total Recall and Law Abiding Citizen and last year was set to pen See No Evil, an adaptation of a Wired magazine article about a car stereo installer who became in demand because of ability to design secret compartments in vehicles. He is repped by CAA.
“Kurt is the perfect example of the big and bold voices with an edge that we are looking for to further our mission to create distinctive original programming,” said Sharon Levy, Spike’s EVP Original Series.