Suddenly it seems that there’s subgenre developing that takes real-life crimes and scripts them up into a drama series. We saw the global success of last year’s American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson (indeed, there’s an excellent if lengthy three-part documentary about OJ on BBC iPlayer at the moment), and another story in that anthology series is on the way this year (focusing on the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans). Now US-based network USA Network has announced another scripted drama based on true crime – not just one, but two crimes, and two of the highest profile murders of recent times.
Variety reports that:
“Unsolved” will chronicle the two major police investigations into the separate murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. The series is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders.
The series will star Josh Duhamel as Kading, while Jimmi Simpson has signed onto play Detective Russell Poole, who, “in 1997, investigated the murder of Biggie, and became convinced the LAPD was covering something up. His findings eventually led Voletta Wallace to file a massive lawsuit against the department.”
Bokeem Woodbines, who was excellent in series two of Fargo, will star as “Officer Daryn Dupree. In 2006, Dupree became a key member of the task force, who had deep knowledge of both Los Angeles gangs and the rap industry.”
More news as I get it…