SPIKE PARTNERS WITH ACCLAIMED FILM SCREENWRITER KURT WIMMER TO DEVELOP NEW SCRIPTED SERIES
"When The Levee Breaks" Is Wimmer's
First-Ever Scripted Television Project
New York, NY, June 2, 2015 -World-renowned film screenwriter Kurt Wimmer is developing his first ever television project with Spike. The scripted series, "When The Levee Breaks," reflects a number of hot-button issues that are culturally relevant today including race and law enforcement. Wimmer's impressive resume includes "Law Abiding Citizen," "Salt," and the upcoming "Point Break."
"We are thrilled to partner with such an incredibly innovative and creative film visionary such as Kurt Wimmer," said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. "Kurt is the perfect example of the big and bold voices with an edge that we are looking for to further our mission to create distinctive original programming."
"When The Levee Breaks" concerns events that take place when an illegal strike by the LAPD threatens chaos in America's second largest city. An African-American cop, the series' central character, is the only officer with the courage to cross the strike-line to investigate the true motivations behind the murders of the two racist cops whose deaths provoked the strike - and whose murders he himself may be linked to.
Wimmer is represented by CAA.
Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series, will oversee the project.
Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in eight years, "Tut," starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia, on July 19. The network recently announced script options for "Harvest," from film/television producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television; "The Crusaders" from Pierce Brosnan's Irish DreamTime, Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award(R)-winning writer David Franzoni; "Deep Web" with producer/director/writer Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures; "The Chairman," based on the Stephen Frey best-seller; "Red Mars" from Vince Gerardis, Co-Executive Producer of HBO's "Game of Thrones," based on Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars Trilogy;" "Emergency Broadcast" from Legendary Pictures and Thomas Tull; and "War at the Shore" based on Richard D. "Skip" Bronson's book.
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