Cedar Park, the independent studio formed by Chris Long and David Ayer, is partnering with Jose Daniel Freixas, Tony Gonzalez and author T.J. English, the trio behind The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld, to develop Cuban-focused The Exiles as a television series.
Emmy-nominated Cynthia Cidre is attached to pen the series and will also serve as executive producer with Ayer and Long, Exilium’s Freixas and Gonzalez, and English.
Based on research and other materials, The Exiles is described as a a multi-layered saga spanning half a century, encompassing the most significant political events of the late 20th century. The potential series follows members of the CIA as well as the Cuban exiles they recruit to carry out clandestine operations, and the games of manipulation they play with one another in the interest of patriotism, the ongoing Cold War against Communism, and the relentless pursuit of revenge against Fidel Castro.
Freixas, Gonzalez, and English are the trio behind The Corporation, which Paramount Pictures landed in a heavy bidding war, with Leonardo DiCaprio set to produce, and Benicio Del Toro set to star.
Cuban-born Cidre also serves as showrunner on the anticipated Cedar Park-produced Family Crimes for Starz and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. She received an Emmy nomination for outstanding drama/comedy special for A Killing in a Small Town.
This is the fourth TV project that Cedar Park has acquired recently as the studio is ramping up production, joining Family Crimes, Stephen King’s The Bone Church and Cointelpro from Leon Hendrix and Ajani Jackson. Ayer and Long will serve as EP’s on all four series.