FX Networks has ordered the drama pilot Snowfall from award-winning filmmaker John Singleton, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. John Singleton will direct the pilot based on a script he co-wrote with Eric Amadio. Production will begin this summer. Dave Andron (Justified) will serve as an Executive Producer.

Los Angeles 1981. A storm is coming and its name is cocaine. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, 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. Said Schrier:

"Snowfall takes us on a wild ride through one of LA's most fascinating cultural and social periods, and no one can tell this story better than John Singleton. The pilot script by John and Eric brilliantly depicts the era through the story of three captivating characters, and we can't wait to see John's execution of it."

Said John Singleton:

"I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything. It's a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture. I couldn't have better partners for this journey."

John Singleton, who received two Academy Award nominations for Boyz n the Hood, will Executive Produce, along with Andron, Academy Award nominee Michael London of Groundswell Productions (Sideways, House of Sand and Fog, Thirteen), Amadio (Stuntmen, After Sex), and Trevor Engelson (Remember Me, All About Steve) of Underground. The pilot is being produced by FX Productions.

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