David Simon says he will work on Martin Luther King miniseries for HBO

Six-hour project based on books by Baltimore's Taylor Branch

  • MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Writer David Simon attends the Treme, The Heart Of New Orleans dinner hosted by Anthony Bourdain, Susan Spicer, Wylie Dufresne, & Emeril Lagasse during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at National Hotel on February 22, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.
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March 05, 2014|By David Zurawik | The Baltimore Sun

HBO's Martin Luther King miniseries is going to have a strong Baltimore flavor with David Simon confirming Wednesday that he will be involved in the project based on the books of Baltimore author Taylor Branch.

Deadline.com first reported Simon's involvement in the project as speculation today, with Mike Fleming Jr. writing, "I’m hearing that David Simon, the architect of the HBO series The Wire, Homicide and most recently Treme, will spearhead the HBO six-hour miniseries adaptation of America: In The King Years, based on the celebrated book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch."

In answer to a Sun email on the item, Simon confirmed that he is involved in the project, but said it "is down the road in terms of development."

"Eric Overmyer and I have taken on a project that was already in HBO's development stable," he wrote. "We have agreed to go into a room with Taylor Branch and others and see what can be done for a six-hour miniseries.  But as per Blown Deadline's development projects, this is behind another miniseries project for HBO that is closer to production and that we hope to be announcing shortly."

Blown Deadline is Simon's production company.

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