Glover’s Atlanta came to a close in November of last year after four acclaimed and inventive seasons, each challenging viewers in a way few series have dared, even in the creatively freeing streaming era.
Among other artistic feats, the FX original provided a measured, but ultimately loving, view of the American South. More specifically, Glover and company treated Georgia as not only a canvas upon which they could paint challenging stories that often veered from the show’s main cast, but also as a wellspring from which those same stories culled their power.
This proved a winning approach in the eyes of fellow southern-born creatives and television critics alike, with the series ultimately going on to bag multiple nominations and wins at the Golden Globes and the Emmys, not to mention multiple inclusions in high-profile rankings of the greatest series of all time.
Ahead of the new series’ March 17 premiere, we take a look at what all is known (and unknown) about Swarm so far. Read more below.
Donald Glover directed the pilot
Dominique Fishback leads a cast also featuring Chlöe Bailey and Damson Idris
A 1982 Scorsese classic is a key source of inspiration
Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ collaborator Janine Nabers is co-creator and showrunner
Soon after Glover and the crew wrapped filming on Atlanta, production kicked off for Swarm. The team shared images on Instagram from the set as early as April 2022, showing that things were already in motion long before the FX series finale. Glover is keeping it all in the family and bringing along his brother Stephen Glover on this ride again, as well as other writers, directors, and producers who worked on Atlanta, including Jamal Olori, Ibra Ake, and Adamma Ebo.
Malia Obama worked on the show
'Swarm' is not Glover’s first project for Amazon
After working on Guava Island, Glover was reported in 2021 to have signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios, as was his brother (another Atlanta alum) Stephen Glover. A Mr. & Mrs. Smith series was originally set to see Glover starring alongside Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge; however, the actress later departed the show and was replaced by Maya Erskine (PEN15).
Nabers, who also wrote for HBO’s Watchmen, also signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios and was reportedly kicking the deal off with a tech drama called Syd as her first project. Deadline reported that Syd is about a Black tech CEO who wakes up one morning to discover that his life has been hacked by a mysterious entity.