Hell On Wheels creators Tony and Joe Gayton have hopped on board to help Cinemax develop an adaptation of the 2012 Australian drama series The Straits. The Gaytons are signed on as writers, but they will also executive producers and run the project.
The Straits is described as a “gritty modern-day drama” that follows a very powerful and dangerous crime family through their daily lives in the world of drug, gun and exotic animal trafficking from the cosy Florida Keys into Jamaica. The family kingpin reveals to his three sons that he has not chosen a successor for his shady business, and this announcement sets in motion a series of catastrophic events that could destroy the very business that he has worked so hard to build.
The original series, starring Brian Cox and Aaron Fa’aoso was based on an idea that Fa’aoso came up with himself. The Autralian production company responsible for The Straits, Matchbox Pictures, is one in which NBCUniversal has a majority stake, and so the Cinemax version will be co-produced by two other NBCU divisions (Working Title and Universal TV).
You can check out the original series to get a better feel for the show (if you live in the U.S., as a Canadian I couldn’t get my hands on it) through Hulu.