’12 Years a Slave’s’ Steve McQueen Developing Drama With HBO

Russell Simmons is among the executive producers on the untitled project

Steve McQueen is getting into the TV game.

Director McQueen, whose “12 Years a Slave” is a major contender in this year’s Oscar race, is developing a drama project with HBO, which McQueen will executive-produce, co-write and direct, a network individual told TheWrap.

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The as-yet-untitled project will be the exploration of a young African American man’s experience entering New York high society — with a past that may not be what it seems.

Matthew Michael Carnahan (“World War Z”) will co-write with McQueen.

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Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is also among the project’s executive producers, along with “The King’s Speech” duo Iain Canning and Emil Sherman.