FX orders ‘Snowfall’ pilot from John Singleton

John Singleton

John Singleton is set to co-write and direct the FX pilot “Snowfall.”

(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

John Singleton and co-writer Eric Amadio are exploring the early days of America’s crack cocaine epidemic through the intersecting stories of three different people in the new FX pilot, “Snowfall.”

The cable channel announced it had ordered the pilot on Friday, although that doesn’t necessarily guarantee the series will be picked up. Singleton, who has two Oscar nominations for his debut feature, “Boyz n the Hood,” will direct the pilot.

Set in Los Angeles in 1981, the pilot will show how the crack cocaine epidemic first took hold in our society and began to make its mark.

The series will follow Franklin Saint, a “young street entrepreneur on a quest for power"; Gustavo Zapata, a “Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream"; and Logan Miller, a “prominent family’s ‘black sheep’ desperate to escape his father’s shadow.”


This isn’t Singleton’s first foray into television. Earlier this year, he directed the fifth episode of “Empire,” the hit drama on Fox.

“Justified” executive producer Dave Andron will also executive produce the pilot from FX Productions.

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