Showtime Drama To Chronicle Origins Of Crack Cocaine Epidemic In Los Angeles

John Singleton is returning to the setting of his debut feature Boyz N The Hood — 1984 Los Angeles — with Snowfall, a drama series project set up at Showtime. Singleton is set to direct and co-write the project, co-written by Eric Amadio. The two executive produce with Michael London and Underground’s Trevor Engelson and Evan Silverberg. Told through the eyes of a young black kid from Compton, a Mexican wrestler and a CIA agent charged with running money to the Contras, Snowfall will examine the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. Allegedly fueled by CIA involvement stemming from the Iran-Contra affair, the drug started flowing to the U.S. in 1984, with Los Angeles as the first city to get hit hard. The project is described as being in the vein of Boyz In The Hood, which earned Los Angeles native Singleton writing and directing Oscar nominations, meets The Wire. Amadio, also originally from LA, previously developed an NFL drama at Starz. Singleton is with WME and attorney Stephen D. Barnes, Amadio with CAA and attorney Greg Slewitt. Both are managed by Underground.

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