Showtime to Make Drama Detailing the Rise of Crack Cocaine

By Shawn Dwyer 04/29/14

John Singleton of Boyz In The Hood fame is set to direct and co-write a series that delves into the origins of L.A.’s crack epidemic.

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Showtime Networks is teaming up with director John Singleton to develop Snowfall, a 1980s-set drama that explores the rise of the crack cocaine epidemic amidst the backdrop of the Iran-Contra scandal.

The series will focus on a young black kid from Compton who quickly rises to become one of the world’s first superstar drug dealers, as well as a Mexican wrestler and a CIA agent who runs money to the Nicaraguan Contras. The CIA has long been held responsible for taking part in cocaine trafficking in Nicaragua in order to fund the anti-government rebels.

Singleton will write the script with Eric Amadio (After Sex) and later direct should the series make it to the pilot stage. According to reports, the series will be a dark and gritty look at the epidemic in the vein of Boyz in the Hood and The Wire.

Snowfall is but one series revolving around drug crime being developed by Hollywood. ABC recently shot the pilot for John Ridley’s American Crime, an extremely dark drama that focuses on issues of race and murder stemming from a drug deal gone bad.

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Shawn Dwyer is a writer, editor and content producer living in Los Angeles. You can find him on Linkedin.