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AMC Sets Up Civil Rights Era Drama Series 'Bombingham' From 'True Blood' Exec Producer

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 11, 2014 10:44 AM
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Alexander Woo (True Blood executive producer) has set up a civil rights-era drama series at AMC titled Bombingham, which will center on a 1963 murder in Birmingham, Ala., and its aftermath, that can still be felt in the present day, as the story shifts between the past (1963), and the present, where racial tensions, albeit improved race relations, still exist.

The title "Bombingham" comes from the nickname the black community gave to Birmingham 50 years ago, giving how often racially motivated bombings happened during that era in American history.

Woo will begin working on the script, and will also executive produce with Aaron Kaplan

No casting or character news yet.

With the loss of its hit shows Breaking Bad and Mad Men (which the network will wind down over the next couple of years), AMC continues to work feverishly towards finding replacements. 

Bombingham will be one of a handful of new series set up at TV networks that center on matters of race and racial intolerance, set (entirely, or in part) in the past. Most recently, ABC greenlit a 12-hour miniseries that will be based on the non-fiction novel, A Slave In The White House, which tells Paul Jennings' story - born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of President Madison's staff at the White House. Sheldon Candis (who made his feature film debut with LUV, starring Common), and Justin Wilson (who co-wrote the screenplay for LUV with Candis) will write and co-executive produce the miniseries for ABC, with Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso’s One-Two Punch Prods executive producing.

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  • Daryl | February 12, 2014 7:53 PMReply

    This could be a great show, amc has a good track record, but the one thing that bothers me about these stories of our struggle is we are never the ones behind the camera when it comes to doing it on this type of level, I mean being an executive producer. I would like to see for once we have control of these types of stories on our struggles. I would love to see this type of story with a black writer, black director, and black executive producer on this level. It's time for us to exercise our freedom and finances to tell these stories and stop just sitting back watching white hollywood tell our narrative through just their lens, even 12 years a slave was backed by mostly white folks, don't get fooled because of the lead black actor, black writer, black director, look on the executive side and it's white as snow and this is where the real power is. You would never see a black man tell or direct a story on the holocaust but it's a free for all when it comes to telling about the black holocaust and the sad thing most of us don't see anything wrong with this because we buy into that crap everybody has a right to tell the story, yeah that would be true if it was an even playing field with black filmmakers getting the same money and getting projects greenlight the same way as white folks to tell these stories or being able to tell other races stories of struggle if we chose to do, but we know that's not the case. Look what Danny Glover is going through to tell the story of Toussaint and he just want 18 million to make it, how much you wanna bet if a white director wanted to tell that story it would get greenlighted and he would probably get 50 to 100 million to tell the story. That's why we have to keep moving foward and not take our eyes off the ball through these allusions of post racial america.

  • Progress | February 12, 2014 12:36 PMReply

    Alexander Woo tapped to write Henrietta Lacks for HBO and make a civil right series for AMC. Asian is the new black for black stuff I see.

  • Wait a minute, now | February 13, 2014 2:29 AM

    Could be one of two things:

    Either A) Mr. Woo is just interested in this history and now that he has power (from True Blood) he's using it to get these stories on-screen

    Or B) Based on the success of The Butler, Hollywood is looking to tap a new vein by telling more stories from this time period about us and Mr. Woo is the hot name of the moment so he's been assigned to both projects.

    Woo is a minority, grew up in NY and Jersey and he's got an education from two great institutions. His plays prior to working in film dealt specifically with race and even the American South, so I lean towards option A and assume he came by the projects honestly and with a good heart. With his power growing, lets hope he makes a point with these programs of enlisting more folks of color to aide in telling these stories.

    The fight in Hollywood needs to be a rainbow coalition. And trust me, regards power in Hollywood, I mean that rainbow both ways.

  • Maine | February 11, 2014 9:36 PMReply

    Im from Bham also. Im excited because AMC does great shows, but Im skeptical because I dont want our city being set back to that era again

  • @JayTeeDee | February 11, 2014 11:25 AMReply

    I'm born raised and live in Birmingham, Alabama. This is exciting news. I hope they film it down here. I would love to be on set

  • D.A. | February 11, 2014 4:26 PM

    I wouldn't be surprised if they did, AMC still has 'The Walking Dead' in and around the Atlanta metro (Atlanta is 2 hrs from B-Ham), and filming in the SE has gone up tremendously, especially in Alabama.

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