HBO is moving forward with a project from the director of the Oscar-winning 2013 film “12 Years a Slave.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the pay-cable net gave a pilot order for “Codes of Conduct,” from director Steve McQueen.
The move comes almost a year after the project first went into development at HBO.
A newcomer, Devon Terrell, was picked to play the lead role.
“‘Codes of Conduct’ is described as a provocative exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems,” THR reports. “Terrell will star as Beverly Snow, a young man from Queens who is as talented as he is ambiguous. His self-confidence enables him to break into the social circles of Manhattan’s elite, testing the boundaries of access and social mobility.”
McQueen and Matthew Michael Carnahan (“World War Z”) co-wrote the script for the pilot, and the two will executive produce along with See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman and Russell Simmons, who has an overall deal with HBO, the article notes.
McQueen is set to direct the pilot, his first time directing TV.
McQueen is quoted talking about casting the lead role, saying: “I needed to find an extraordinary actor. Although you’re trying to find something you recognize, it’s more about finding something you’re surprised by. Devon had this quality. It was no easy task casting the character of Beverly Snow and, with the help of HBO, we left no stone unturned. This was a 10-month intense process in which we came across many talented actors, but only one Beverly.”