Sylvester Stallone is developing a new drama series, which he is set to direct and executive produce. History announced plans for “The Tenderloin” (working title), which comes from A+E studios in association with Stallone’s Balboa Productions.
Stephen Kay (“Sons of Anarchy,” “The Shield”) will write the pilot, with Stallone to direct multiple episodes.
“‘The Tenderloin’ is based on the true story of Charles Becker, a New York cop at the turn of the century and leader of the Strong-Arm Squad, tasked with going to war with the Italian, Jewish and Irish gangs in a violent New York City neighborhood called ‘The Tenderloin,'” History said in its announcement of the project. “Becker and his squad were dirty cops, but at the same time tried to impose order in a city controlled by gangs and Tammany Hall. In a stunning turn of events, Becker became the first and only policeman in U.S. history sent to the electric chair for murder.”
Eli Lehrer, executive VP and head of programming for History, commented: “Long before Miranda Rights or the fictional series ‘The Shield,’ there was the very real Charles Becker, a police officer living by his own moral code. This is a passion project for Sylvester, who has discovered new facts on Becker’s case that shed new light on this infamous anti-hero. We look forward to joining forces with him to bring this incredible story to History audiences.”
Stallone, Kay and Braden Aftergood (“Hell or High Water”) executive produce. Barry Jossen serves as executive producer for A+E Studios.