Steve McQueen, '12 Years a Slave' director, to helm BBC drama on British black experience

By Daniel S Levine,

Steve McQueen, whose 12 Years A Slave is up for several Golden Globe awards Sunday night, has signed on to create a BBC drama series that will look into the black experience in the U.K.

The news was first reported by the Daily Mail, which spoke with the British filmmaker, who also directed Hunger and Shame. “I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists,” he told the publication.

West London, where McQueen was born, will be the setting for the series. He plans on working with black actors in workshops to develop the project. It will stretch from the 1960s to today and will be “epic in scope,” the director promised.

Variety reports that the series will be produced by Rainmark Films, which also did Churchill: Into the Storm. BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson was excited by the news, adding, “It is incredibly exciting to be working with this hugely talented British director who has rapidly become one of the finest directors in the world.”

McQueen is also working on a series on this side of the Atlantic with HBO. It will focus on an African-American man in New York and is going to be produced with See-Saw Films.

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