HBO has bought the development rights to 'Down Lo,' a drama from music star John Legend and Tony Krantz, after a competitive bidding war with other networks.
Set in Miami’s South Beach, the edgy ensemble drama explores the intersection of three worlds — the party town’s popular music scene and sports and fashion circles. Legend, a singer-songwriter with some minor acting to his credit, is making the move to television producer with this deal--but he isn't forging into this brave new world alone. Tony Krantz, producer of such hit series as 'Felicity' and '24,' will also be producing 'Down Lo.' Interestingly enough, Krantz previously produced a series called 'South Beach,' so it would seem that 'Down Lo' deals with subject matter that both producers know quite well.
The series is described as a drama that deals with fame and the secrets inherent to living in the spotlight. One example of a storyline would be about a closeted gay hip-hop artist, trying to live his life from within a notoriously homophobic music scene. 'Down Lo' will also feature top models and star athletes in effort to peer behind the curtain of the celebrity life down South.
Krantz, a successful producer and director, recently sold his first script as screenwriter for an upcoming series entitled 'Saboteurs.' The series is set in France during the second World War and features main characters involved with the French Resistance movement against the Nazis.
Who would you like to see star in HBO's 'Down Lo?'