Actor Laurence Fishburne attends the “Man Of Steel” world premiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 10, 2013 in New York City
*Fifteen years after Laurence Fishburne starred as Walter Mosley‘s Socrates Fortlow in the HBO movie “Always Outnumbered,” written by Mosley and directed by Michael Apted, the actor-producer is revisiting the character for HBO, this time on the series side.
The pay cable network is developing “The Right Mistake,” a drama series from Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Prods and Fox Television Studios, according to Deadline.com.
It is based on the series of novels by Mosley featuring Fortlow: an ex-convict who seeks redemption — while battling inner demons and external forces — after serving 27 years in prison. The books include Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned; Walkin’ The Dog and The Right Mistake.
Mosley and Patrick Charles are co-writing the series adaptation, with Fishburne attached to star.
On the broadcast network side, Cinema Gypsy is developing “Black-ish,” a single-camera comedy starring Anthony Anderson and written by Kenya Barris for ABC.
Actor Laurence Fishburne attends Disney ABC Television Group & The Hallmark Hall of Fame premiere of "Have A Little Faith" at Fox Studios on Nov. 3, 2011 in Century City, California
*Laurence Fishburne, who starred for two-and-a-half seasons on CBS’ “CSI,” is returning to series television — this time as a producer.
Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Prods. has signed a two-year first-look development deal with Fox Television Studios for cable projects, reports Deadline.com.
Former Paramount Television SVP current programming Tom Russo has been tapped as Head of Television for Cinema Gypsy Prods. He will shepherd the development of cable series under the deal with FtvS and will serve a producer on Cinema Gypsy’s projects.
Fishburne and his longtime manager/production partner Helen Sugland will executive produce.
“I’m looking forward to expanding our production efforts in television and partnering with Fox Television Studios,” Fishburne said in a statement.
FtvS president David Madden said: “Laurence Fishburne has won the Tony Award, the Emmy Award, and is an Academy Award nominee, as well as being universally recognized as one of the finest actors working today. He did sterling work on ‘CSI,’ and we know he has still much more to offer to the TV series world. We are proud to be in business with Laurence and look forward to bringing more blazing Fishburne-esque performances to the screen. And for God’s sake, he’s Morpheus!”
Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Prods. first got into TV development 3 years ago when the company signed a first-look deal with CBS TV Studios, which produces “CSI.” The company recently co-produced the HBO movie “Thurgood” starring Fishburne, which earned him an Emmy nomination.
On the acting side, Fishburne most recently co-starred in “Contagion” and will next be seen in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie “Have A Little Faith” and “Man Of Steel.”