FX may have rejected Breaking Bad all those years ago, but its latest pilot will bring a drug-focused drama to the network—albeit one that’s a different color than Walter White’s crystal blue persuasion.
FX announced today that it has ordered an hourlong drama pilot for Snowfall, co-created by Boyz n the Hood‘s John Singleton and Eric Amadio. The duo co-wrote the pilot, and Singleton is set to direct it with production beginning this summer.
Snowfall will follow the rise of crack cocaine in Los Angeles, beginning in 1981. The show will focus on three separate characters whose lives will intersect: Fraklin Saint, a “young street entrepreneur” who is hungry for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler who’s given up his life in the ring for life as a ganaster; and Logan Miller, the outlier in a well-known family who happens to be saddled with daddy issues. Snowfall will follow all three characters and depict how the rise of cocaine affected people in all walks of life.
“I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything,” Singleton said in a statement. “It’s a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture. I couldn’t have better partners for this journey.”
Justified‘s Dave Andron is also set as an executive producer. No casting information has been announced at this time.