With all the buzz and top box office earnings over the weekend, Showtime has announced that they are teaming with Forest Whitaker to produce “Mr. Untouchable,” a drama series based on the life and times of Harlem heroin dealer, Leroy ‘Nicky’ Barnes.
In the film ‘American Gangster’, Barnes is portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr., but there’s no word on who will portray the gangster in the drama series. According to Variety, the series will tell the story of how Barnes built a drug empire in the 1970s that rivaled that of the Italian Mafia. It will show how he rose to great heights, but with his success coming at the expense of his Harlem community. The show will also detail the government’s war on drugs and how it failed for years to bring Barnes down.
There’s no word on when production will begin or when Showtime plans to begin airing the series.