Peter Moffat, Michael B. Jordan Racial Drama in the Works

Michael B. Jordan. Photo by Swan Gallet/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (9374920e)

AMC announces new drama during its Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Saturday. 

61st Street is being developed under the cable network’s new script-to-series model. The racial drama hails from showrunner and executive producer Peter Moffat and exec producer Michael B. Jordan. 

According to Variety, the series, which is set in present-day Chicago follows Moses Johnson, a promising high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Taken by the police as a gang member, he soon finds himself in the eye of the storm as police and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong.

“Award-winning writer Peter Moffat’s 61st Street is a murder mystery, courtroom drama, and an examination of race in America wrapped up into one,” AMC programming president David Madden said. “Peter justly won acclaim for Criminal Justice, the British thriller which was remade by HBO as The Night Of, and in this case he’s partnered with extraordinary producers, the Outlier Society team of Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo. This is an emotional and audacious piece of drama that is as timely as television gets, and we are excited to put it into a writers’ room and see where the team takes it.”