Creators of The Wire returning to Baltimore for police corruption drama
Casting is underway now.
The makers of legendary TV crime drama The Wire will be returning to the show's setting of Baltimore for an exciting new project.
According to Deadline, The Wire's creator David Simon (pictured above) and producer George Pelecanos are working on We Own this City, a new series about police corruption based on a book by investigative journalist Justin Fenton.
The book and series is based in Baltimore in 2015 following the suspicious death of an African-American while in police custody.
As protests erupt, a sergeant and his taskforce is deployed to get guns and drugs off the street.
However, the sergeant uses his power to carry out various corrupt dealings including taking money from drug raids and private homes, as well as tampering with evidence.
While no release date has been set as of yet, the show is being made for US network HBO and casting is already underway.
Widely regarded as one of the best television shows of all time, The Wire began by telling the story of a Baltimore drug-dealing organisation and the police investigating them.
Over five seasons - which ran from 2002 to 2008 - it went on to explore various different institutions within the city and their relationship to law enforcement, garnering acclaim for its accurate portrayal of society and politics.
Since The Wire, Simon and Pelecanos have collaborated on series Treme and The Deuce.
Meanwhile, Simon also worked on Generation Kill, Show Me a Hero and last year's The Plot Against America.