October 30, 2013 07:22:02 GMT
McQueen teams up with 'World War Z' scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan to write the television project featuring a black protagonist.
Steve McQueen is set to make his first foray into television. The British filmmaker, whose latest film "12 Years a Slave" currently becomes the talk of the town, is developing a provocative TV drama project at HBO.
According to Deadline, the untitled project is "an exploration of a young African-American man's experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems." It's described as "Six Degrees of Separation" meets "Shame".
The project is reportedly being fast tracked for a potential shoot before McQueen begins filming his next movie. The Camera d'Or winner at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival teams up with "World War Z" co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan to pen the script of the HBO drama.
McQueen is set to direct the pilot should it go into production. He and Carnahan will also executive produce the series along with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and "The King's Speech" producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.