The peacock is about to do the right thing.
NBC has ordered a drama series script from noted filmmaker Spike Lee, director of the films Inside Man, Malcolm X, and Do the Right Thing. Titled NoLa, the nickname locals have given New Orleans, the ensemble drama follows a multiethnic group of people from different walks of life as they navigate the city in the aftermath of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The pilot will be written by Lee and Sid Quashie.
"It's a show about the city trying to rebuild itself and the people who are trying to put their lives together," the director told The Hollywood Reporter.
Lee said he became interested in writing a show about New Orleans while he was there filming the HBO documentary When the Levees Broke, which chronicled the catastrophe that occurred when the levees surrounding the city broke, covering much of the city with water. NoLa will show that the effects of Katrina on the great American city are far from over.
"We don't have to build sets," Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. "Things there still look like the city's been bombed out."
If NBC picks up the show, Lee will direct and produce. In the past several years, many respected film directors have crossed over to TV, including Mr. and Mrs. Smith's Doug Liman helming Heist for NBC, and National Treasure director Jon Turtletaub directing CBS's Jericho.
"It's our goal to make great cinema for television," Lee said of his project.
Lee says he will include in the NoLa cast several of the real-life New Orleans residents who appear in Levees. Over the weekend, the film was awarded the best documentary award at the Venice Film Festival.