Amblin is teaming up with television writer Walter Mosley to bring the beloved character on screen from his best-selling books. Easy Rawlins is getting her own TV series. Amblin is teaming up with television writer Walter Mosley to bring the beloved character on screen from his best-selling books.
FX is working with Moseley and Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard), the company behind The Americans and Netflix’s Haunting of Franchise, to produce a drama based on the gritty spy series that centers on the epic “Easy” Rawlins. A network/streaming service is not yet attached.
The Devil was first introduced in a blue dress by Denzel Washington in 1995, and a Black World War II Army veteran based on Mosley’s book of the same name turned a barely-blown private eye. The prospective series will be set in 1950s Los Angeles and will honor the espionage genre, while also exploring the racial disparities and social injustice experienced by black people and others of color.
Mosley has written over 60 books, including 15 novels and a collection of shorts featuring the Rawlins character. The latest in the Rawlins saga, Blood Groove, was published earlier this month. On the TV side, Mosley’s credits include FX’s Snowfall and Apple’s upcoming Samuel L.
The Jackson-led limited series The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray, which he adapts from his novel. Mosley famously left CBS All Access ‘Star Trek: Discovery after using the N-word in the writers’ room. He is remade by CAA, Gloria Loomis, and Tom Selz.
White, who has been slated to direct a potential pilot episode, previously worked with Amlin TV president Darryl Frank and Justin Feliway in American and an episode of their Apple anthology Amazing Stories. He has been retaken by UTA, Artist First, and Morris Yarn.
Amblin Senior VP TV Alex Magioni will oversee the company, which counts Hulu’s Animeneux Revival, Syfy’s Resident Alien, Apple’s Masters of the Air, Showtime’s Halo, and more.