Exclusive: Oscar winner John Ridley
has signed on to write, direct and executive produce an untitled musical drama for Showtime
, which has received a straight-to-series order. On the project, originally announced in July with a series commitment, he joins executive producers Alicia Keys
and Benj Pasek
and Justin Paul (La La Land
). Pasek and Paul also will contribute music to the series, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios
. Marc Platt
(La La Land
), R.J. Cutler
and Adam Siegel
also executive produce.
The as-yet untitled series, which centers on an emotionally complex family story that spans generations and threatens the fabric of the community in present-day Milwaukee, will be written and directed by Milwaukee native Ridley.
The American Crime creator, who began conversations with Showtime and Fox 21
about the show in the fall, succeeds original writer Kyle Jarrow
. Ridley reshaped the series, which was originally set in modern-day and 1959 Detroit.