*John Singleton is developing a Miami-set drama at HBO under the cable channel’s production deal with Russell Simmons, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Oscar-nominated “Boyz n the Hood” writer-director-producer is developing “Club Life: Miami,” which is set against the South Beach club scene and follows a reformed criminal who moves to Miami and gains a new lease on life as he embraces the vibrant, youthful and transgressive world.
Singleton will write and executive produce the project. Simmons also is on board to executive produce “Club Life” via his overall deal with the premium cable network.
The sale marks the second for Simmons at HBO; he most recently set up an untitled drama from “12 Years a Slave’s” Steve McQueen and “World War Z” scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan about a young African-American man with a mysterious past as he experiences life in New York high society.
“Club Life” comes as premium cabler Starz is readying “Power,” a New York-set nightclub drama series from executive producer 50 Cent that will premiere in 2014.