John Ridley, the creator of ABC’s “American Crime” anthology series and the Academy Award-winning writer of “12 Years a Slave,” is developing a new series for Showtime.
Variety reports that the pay-cable channel placed an order for the limited series “Guerrilla,” which will run for six episodes. Idris Elba is set to star.
“Ridley will write the bulk of the episodes and direct the first two,” Variety reports. “A love story set in one of the most explosive political times in U.K. history, the miniseries tells the story of a 1970s London couple who liberates a political prisoner and forms a radical underground cell. The group targets the Black Power Desk, a true-life counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.”
The project, which will be co-produced by Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature, is set to begin production in London this summer.