The road to the screen for Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay‘s drug-trade drama is taking a new turn. I have learned that the project, which was picked up to pilot by TNT last fall, will be redeveloped by the cable network. While the current pilot is not going forward, I hear TNT brass liked the setting — the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s — and want to take another stab at it. Michelle Ashford, who wrote the pilot script before her Masters Of Sex was picked up by Showtime, is busy as showrunner of the pay cable drama but is expected to be involved in the retooling of the TNT project.
The untitled Miami drug-trafficking project, from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Bay Films and Warner Horizon Television, was one of four drama pilots greenlighted weeks before Kevin Reilly took the reins of the network. The fate of the other three — Lumen, Titans and Breed — is still TBD.
This has been a passion project for Bruckheimer and Bay, who first teamed to develop a drama series inspired by Billy Corben’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys, about the rise of the cocaine trade and the resulting crime epidemic that swept Miami in the 1970s and ’80s, back in 2008 when the project was set at HBO with Meredith Stiehm as a writer. Three years later, the drama went through another incarnation at HBO with a new script by Ashford before the project moved to HBO sibling TNT.
There also had been a feature adaptation of Cocaine Cowboys in the works at Paramount with Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg.