Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua attends the 'The Equalizer' New York premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on September 22, 2014 in New York City

Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua attends the ‘The Equalizer’ New York premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on September 22, 2014 in New York City

*DirecTV and Alcon Television Group are teaming for the drama series “Ice,” with Antoine Fuqua set to direct the premiere episode.

“Ice” is described by Deadline as a large-canvas character drama set in the treacherous and colorful world of diamond traders in downtown Los Angeles. Within the twisted labyrinth of memorable characters walks Alvy Simon, the diamond whisperer, whose genius for seeing the charisma in a stone will make him both a god and a target in this unique milieu.

The film has been fast-tracked for a straight-to-series order. A writers room is expected to open in the next week or two, with the potential series for DirecTV’s Audience Network eyed to begin preproduction in March, reports Deadline.