Paul Eckstein Show ‘Godfather of Harlem’ Ordered to Series at EPIX

June 19, 2018 rainmanagement

We are overjoyed to announce that RMG client Paul Eckstein has had his crime drama series, Godfather of Harlem, ordered straight to series at EPIX. Written and executive produced by Paul, as well as Narcos creator Chris Brancato, this bold new show will tell the story of Bumpy Johnson in the historic New York neighborhood. Also signed on to the project are Academy Award-winners Forest Whitaker, playing Bumpy Johnson, and John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave), who will be directing the first episode.

In the 1960’s, infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.

Production on the show will begin later this year and will likely air in 2019. Read more on Deadline

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