FX is moving ahead with Snowfall, giving a 10-episode series order to John Singleton’s drama inspired by the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.
The series pickup comes after the cable network saw the second pilot for the project, originally piloted last year. The first pilot was written/executive producer by Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio, and directed by Singleton. Dave Andron was then brought in as executive producer/showrunner. He co-wrote the new pilot with Singleton and Amadio. It was directed by the Belgian directing team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Black, Image), with veteran Thomas Schlamme joining as executive producer. There were also casting changes, with new actors brought in alongside returning leads Damson Idris and Sergio Peris-Mencheta.
“Dave Andron, Tommy Schlamme, John Singleton and Eric Amadio have delivered a riveting and beautiful pilot and we can’t wait to start work on the series,” said FX’s Nick Grad.
Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Luica Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.
Snowfall is executive produced by Dave Andron, who will continue as showrunner, Thomas Schlamme, John Singleton, Eric Amadio, Michael London, and Trevor Engelson. Evan Silverberg is producer. The FX Prods. series begins production in October for a 2017 premiere.
The Snowfall joins several other FX drama pilots that have scored series pickups after undergoing rewrites, reshoots and sometime recastings. The list includes hits Sons of Anarchy, Justified and Rescue Me.