Spike Lee is about to shop a new television series loosely based on the life of tech entrepreneur Chad Sanders. According to Variety, the show titled Archer, not to be confused with the FX series that goes by the same name, "is a dark comedy and sociological thriller capturing the life of a 20-something African-American coding genius and iconoclast living in Brooklyn who has developed a dating app that reads sexual chemistry." The show will apparently bounce around locations, taking place in New York, Silicon Valley, and Berlin.
The main character of the series is being described as a "young, black Mark Zuckerberg-like protagonist." Sanders, who will take on the role of the show's creator, writer, executive producer, director, and star, is the inspiration behind the lead character.
Before he caught the acting bug, Sanders spent the first four years of his career traveling all across the world for Google where he helped build YouTube's international presence. When he returned to the United States, Sanders became a partner and head of business development at Dev Bootcamp, a small group focused on offering a crash course in coding, which was acquired by Kaplan in 2014 in a reported eight-figure deal. He recently founded a business development agency called Archer Genius Management, hence the name of the series.
Spike and Sanders were introduced to one another through a mutual family friend. Both of them also graduated from Morehouse College. The duo plans to pitch the series to a number of networks.