Godfather of Harlem

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Godfather of Harlem
Genre Crime drama
Written by
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Release
Original network Epix

Godfather of Harlem is an upcoming American crime drama television series that is set to premiere in 2019 on Epix. The series will be written by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein and star Forest Whitaker, all of whom will act as executive producers alongside Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson, and Markuann Smith. Brancato is also expected to act as showrunner.

Premise[edit]

Godfather of Harlem tells the "true story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On April 25, 2018, it was announced that Epix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes set to premiere in 2019. The series will be written by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein who will also executive produce alongside Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson, and Markuann Smith. Brancato will also act as showrunner. Production companies involved with the series include ABC Signature Studios and Significant Productions.[1][2][3][4][5]

On June 19, 2018, it was reported that John Ridley would direct the first episode of the series.[6]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series order announcement, it was confirmed that Forest Whitaker would star in the series as Bumpy Johnson.[1] In September 2018, it was announced that Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Nigél Thatch, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucy Fry, and Paul Sorvino had been cast in starring roles.[7][8][9][10][11][12] In October 2018, it was reported that Giancarlo Esposito and Rafi Gavron had joined the cast in a series regular capacity.[13][14]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series reportedly began in September 2018 in New York City.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (April 25, 2018). "Forest Whitaker To Topline Straight-To-Series Crime Drama At Epix". Deadline. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 25, 2018). "Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Drama Series 'Godfather of Harlem'". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Roots, Kimberly (April 25, 2018). "Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Crime Drama Godfather of Harlem". TVLine. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 25, 2018). "Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Straight-to-Series Crime Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Nakamura, Reid (April 25, 2018). "Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Drama 'Godfather of Harlem'". The Wrap. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 19, 2018). "John Ridley To Direct First Episode Of 'Godfather Of Harlem' Epix Crime Drama". Deadline. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 11, 2018). "Vincent D'Onofrio to Star Opposite Forest Whitaker in Epix's 'Godfather of Harlem' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (September 12, 2018). "'Godfather Of Harlem': Ilfenesh Hadera To Co-Star In Epix Crime Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (September 19, 2018). "'Godfather Of Harlem': Antoinette Crowe-Legacy Joins Forest Whitaker Epix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (September 21, 2018). "'Godfather Of Harlem': Nigél Thatch To Star As Malcolm X In Epix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (September 26, 2018). "'Godfather Of Harlem': Kelvin Harrison Jr. & Lucy Fry Cast In Epix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (September 27, 2018). "'Godfather Of Harlem': Paul Sorvino To Star In Epix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 2, 2018). "'Godfather Of Harlem': Giancarlo Esposito To Star In Epix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (October 8, 2018). "'A Star Is Born's Rafi Gavron Joins Epix Crime Drama 'Godfather Of Harlem'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Welch, Rebecca (July 18, 2018). "Follow Cynthia Erivo Underground in 'Harriet'". Backstage. Retrieved July 22, 2018.

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