HBO has agreed to a deal with producers Adam Shankman and David Kajganich to create Open City, a drama based in New York City in the late 1960s. The story will revolve around the real-life Stonewall riots, the first major public outcry for gay rights in the United States.
The show will examine characters from all part of Manhattan, and how their thoughts and actions are shaped by the huge change going on around them. There’s also the matter of the unique relationship between the Mafia and the gay community of New York, as the two seemingly antithetical groups came together to open a nightclub in the West Village.
Consulting producer Ronnie Lorenzo was one of the original owners of the Stonewall Inn, where the riots began, which will help lend an air of authenticity to the show. No word yet on stars, or targeted air dates.