HBO + David Simon = quality.
The beautiful union that is David Simon and HBO is to reoccur with ‘Show Me A Hero’. The man behind critically acclaimed hits like The Wire and Treme is writing the 6-part miniseries which will debut in 2016.
David Simon is returning to HBO with a new show
Set in the Bronx in New York, Show Me A Hero tells the story of Nick Wasicsko, a young mayor whose city is ordered by a federal court to build low-income housing. William F. Zorzi - a writer on ‘The Wire - is Simon's writing partner on the project and Paul Haggis, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2004 with ‘Crash’, is to direct.
Oscar Isaac, a breakthrough star in The Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ and currently filming the new Star Wars movie, Episode VII, has been cast as Wasicsko while Catherine Keener will play Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a remarkable realization during the battle over where to build low-income housing.
The news will excite TV aficionados, amongst whom Simon’s name rings out like royalty following his work on the previously-under appreciated, currently critically acclaimed The Wire, which saw him examine the complex relationships between drug crime, the police force, government and the schools. One of the most celebrated US TV shows of all time, The Wire benefited from Simon’s former career as a crime journalist.
Treme, also on HBO, follows a group of people attempting to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and featured many of the actors that made The Wire such a beloved piece of art.