Wire Creator Plans MLK HBO Mini-Series

“The Wire” and “Treme” creator David Simon is said to be spearheading an HBO six-hour miniseries adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch’s book trilogy “America: In The King Years”.

Originally setup at HBO in 2010 with playwright Robert Schenkkan attached, Deadline reports that Simon is taking on the project which would cover many of the key moments of Martin Luther King’s life – his relationships with Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedys, the freedom rides, the Birmingham and Selma campaigns, and the march on Washington he was organizing when he was killed.

Simon will write at least the first episode, as well as the ‘bible’ for the entire mini-series. Both he and his “Treme” co-creator Eric Overmyer will see the entire mini-series through completion.

Oprah Winfrey will produce the project which will cover all three books – “Parting The Waters,” “Pillar Of Fire” and “At Canaan’s Edge”.