Snowfall, John Singleton’s 1980s cocaine-epidemic drama pilot, is getting a revamp. Co-created and executive produced by the Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio, the original pilot was written by Singleton and Amadio and directed by Singleton. The script has now undergone a rewrite by executive producer/showrunner Dave Andron, with Singleton and Amadio involved in the process. There will be casting changes and reshoots done by a new director, with a search for a helmer currently being conduced by Andron, Singleton and Amadio.
In its original incarnation, Snowfall focused on a trio of main characters – ambitious dealer Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), Mexican wrestler-turned-gangster Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) and prodigal son Logan Miller (Billy Magnussen). I hear that since the pilot was shot, Magnussen has been released. Idris is staying put, along with other members of the original cast. It is unclear whether the Miller characters has been kept in the new version, which would prompt a recasting. I hear that the options on the remaining actors expire on June 30.
The Snowfall situation is not unusual at FX where some of the biggest drama series have undergone pilot rewrites, reshoots and sometime recastings, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified and Rescue Me.
FX had had high hopes for the Snowfall pilot, last year submitting an application for California tax incentives should it go to series, which was approved in December.
Andron, Singleton and Amadio executive produce alongside Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Trevor Engelson. Evan Silverberg is a producer. FX Prods. is the studio.