Cinemax has put in development Baghdad Country Club, a drama from Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey’s Team Downey banner.

CinemaxWritten by Dave Andron (Justified), the project is inspired by the digital article of same name by prolific journalist Joshuah Bearman, whose story The Great Escape became the basis for the 2012 Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Baghdad Country Club centers on a special forces soldier-turned-mercenary who opens the only watering hole in Baghdad’s Green Zone at the height of the post-invasion Iraqi insurgency.

baghdadcountryTeam Downey is producing in association with Warner Horizon Television. The companies’ collaboration stems from Team Downey’s first-look feature deal at Warner Bros. Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell executive produce alongside Andron and Bearman. Bearman’s Baghdad Country Club was published by The Atavist and previously optioned by Cinemax sibling HBO.

Televisteam downey logoion has been a priority for the Downeys, who launched Team Downey in 2010. They have set up several TV projects in the past couple of years, including a 1980s rehab drama at Showtime.

Cinemax’s profile as a destination for respected original programming has been on the rise with series like Banshee and The Knick.


Team Downey is repped by CAA and attorney Stewart Brookman. Andron is repped by CAA, Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment, and attorney Bruce Gellman. Bearman is with UTA.