Magazine article Screen International

'Narcos' Co-Creator Developing 'American Gangster' Prequel Series with Forest Whitaker (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

'Narcos' Co-Creator Developing 'American Gangster' Prequel Series with Forest Whitaker (Exclusive)

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Project set five years before film; Kendrick Lamar could do the music.

Forest Whitaker

Chris Brancato, the co-creator of Narcos, is developing a prequel series to the film American Gangster.

Producer/writer Brancato, who now develops projects for ABC Studios, told Screen at the MIA market conference in Rome that the project is called The Godfather Of Harlem and is based on the life of mob boss Bumpy Johnson.

Describing the series, Brancato said: ”It stars Forest Whitaker, he will play our lead character. It’s essentially the prequel to the movie American Gangster.

“It’s Harlem, the 1960s, a gangster named Bumpy Johnson was very close friends with Malcom X, so the show is about the collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement. …

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