Netflix is trying to ink a deal with Fox 21 TV Studios to obtain the rights to a television series called “Seven Seconds”. The television series is a drama that will consist of ten episodes. What makes this new drama so unique is that the main theme of the show will be about the current racial tension that is going on in America today. The series was written by Veena Sud and will be directed by Gavin O’Connor. Sud is the creator of “The Killing” currently on Netflix and O’Connor directed the newly released box office hit “The Accountant”.
The show will take place in Jersey City and will focus on the tension between African American citizens and Caucasian police officers. The main story line of the series will be about the city’s reactions to a teenage African American boy becoming critically injured by the hands of a Caucasian police officer. This is a story that many Americans have seen in actual headlines over the past few years. Needless to say, this new series will have people talking because it will hit close to home. Sud and O’Connor also executive produces the project with Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown, and Alex Reznik.
Netflix has been in negotiations trying to obtain the show for the past year. Although Fox 21 TV Studios have partnered up before to do a revival of “Arrested Development”, this will be the first original series from the 20th Century Fox Television’s Fox 21 TV Studios for Netflix. The deal is expected to close soon despite legal troubles between the two parties. Recently, 21st Century Fox filed a lawsuit against Netflix claiming that the company was illegally poaching its employees. It’s been reported that the pending lawsuit has no bearing on reaching an agreement regarding the “Seven Seconds” TV series deal.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think the drama series will be too controversial? Will you make plans to watch? Let me know in the comments.
Written By: Ronda Brooks