The Wire creator David Simon is teaming up with The Young Pope‘s Mediapro to develop a new drama series set during the Spanish Civil War. The Wire alums George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane have been tapped to pen the project.
The show is currently conceived as a six-hour miniseries, though that may change in development, and follows members of the Abraham Lincoln and George Washington Battalions that fought in the Spanish Civil War from their arrival 1937 and the first bloody battle in the Jarama Valley until their departure in 1939.
Mediapro founder Jaume Roures said that the Spanish Civil War was “a dry run for the maelstrom to come, but more than that, the events of 1936 to 1939 made clear that capitalism – while it may be an elemental tool for generating mass wealth – overs no moral answer to how people can live or how societies thrive.”
Simon added, “when the Spanish Republic was threatened, capitalism chose tyranny. So the better men who could not abide that choice came to Spain [to fight]. Today, that same choice confronts us again.”
Simon and Mediapro are looking to raise funds in both the U.S. and Europe with Mediapro starting to present the project to potential co-producers. Mediapro has previously co-produced The Young Pope on HBO and a trio of Woody Allen movies.
Simon is currently in the midst of season two of The Deuce and, since The Wire, has worked on Show Me a Hero, Treme, and Generation Kill.
Emily J | Managing Editor