Spike Lee and Robert De Niro are teaming to develop “Alphaville,” a drama series about Manhattan’s Alphabet City for Showtime says The Hollywood Reporter.
Set during the 1980s, it will re-create the neighborhood’s eclectic mix of struggling artists and musicians living alongside Puerto Rican and black families (the same setting has been used for the likes of the film “Taxi Driver” and the musical “Rent”).
Along with its growing bohemian and celebrity population that also included graffiti artists, break-dancers, rappers and DJs, the neighborhood was plagued by illegal drug activity and violent crime.
Local tensions culminated in the Tompkins Square Park riot of 1988, in which police clashed with anarchists and homeless activists.
John Ridley penned the script with Lee on board to direct the potential pilot. Ridley, Lee, De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will produce.