Back in 2010, HBO started developing a Martin Luther King Jr. biographical miniseries based on the three-volume America in the King Years by Taylor Branch. Guess what? We are still waiting for that miniseries. Now Deadline reports that David Simon (The Wire, Treme) is taking the reins, and will write “at least the first episode as well as the bible” for the rest of the episodes; Oprah remains attached as a producer. Branch’s books — the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parting the Waters, Pillar of Fire, and At Canaan’s Edge — cover King’s life and work between 1954 and his assassination in 1968. Game on, David Simon!
Creator and Executive Producer David Simon attends HBO’s series “Treme” New Orleans fundraiser at Generations Hall on March 27, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Skip Bolen/2010 Getty Images