Steve McQueen Developing HBO Drama

Director Steve McQueen poses with the Hollywood Breakout Director Award for '12 Years a Slave' in the portrait studio during the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is developing his first TV project, a drama for HBO. According to Deadline, McQueen co-wrote a script with Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) that follows "a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems … 'Six Degrees of Separation meets Shame.'" (Quite the tagline.) Russell Simmons will serve as an executive producer, Oscar winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce, and casting is already under way. Intriguing!