Judas and the Black Messiah Writer-director-producer Shaka King expands his work in television by signing a prominent deal with FX Productions. Under the pact, King will develop new TV series for FX through his recently launched production company, I’d Watch That, with company co-founder Brandon Harris.
King is the director, co-writer and producer of the Oscar nominated feature film Judas and the Black Messiah, with Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya. The film, which marks his debut as a studio director, centers on Fred Hampton, president of the Illinois Black Panthers party, and his fatal betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal. The feature was nominated for six Academy Awards, including a name for Best Original Screenplay for King as well as Best Picture, marking the first time an all-black production team has been recognized in the category.
“We at FX have long been fans of Shaka King’s work and are honored to partner with him and his production company to create a groundbreaking new TV series,” said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, FX . “Shaka’s breathtaking film Judas and the Black Messiah rightly garnered enormous attention and praise, the culmination of years spent honing his writing, director and producer skills, and we couldn’t be more delighted that he turns to television. “
For television, King directed several episodes of Acute for Hulu, and before that, was a writer and director on HBO Random Acts of Flyness and High maintenance. He is the writer and director of New herbs, which premiered at Sundance in 2013 and earned King an Independent Spirit Award.
“My first job as a professional director was shooting a pilot presentation for FX and I’ve been trying to get back into the fold ever since,” King said. “Our tastes, quite simply, are aligned. I’m so excited to see what Brandon, myself and the people out there are able to cook up.
Harris was most recently Development Manager for Amazon Studios, where he oversaw Amazon Original productions. Master, to come in 2022, and voyeurs as well as acquisitions which include the nominated Spirit Award Knocked down the man and the Oscar nominee Time.
King is represented by UTA and Stuart M. Rosenthal of Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Harris is replaced by André Des Rochers of Granderson Des Rochers LLP and Matt McGowan of Francis Goldin Literary Agency.