HBO’s The Wire is considered to be one of the greatest television shows of all time. One of the network’s signature Original Programming show was one of television’s most celebrated shows for its characters, writing, and important subject matter. The show made an American city a living, breathing character. The show was not afraid to tackle many issues that still plague communities across the country even years after the show left the air in 2008. Since the finale of The Wire, many shows have tried to recreate its formula, including Fox’s Empire and Starz’s Power. Some shows have had great success, others have not. Fear not fans of unique gritty urban programming, Netflix may have the answer for you with a superhero twist, in Marvel’s Luke Cage.
During the premiere for Captain America: Civil War, series executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker offered some insight for the upcoming show and what audiences can expect. Coker was the former executive producer for shows such as Ray Donavan, Almost Human and has produced and written for shows like NCIS: Los Angeles, Southland, and the Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious, so he does have some bonafide credentials. He confirmed that he wrote the first two episodes of the upcoming Marvel TV show in addition to being the showrunner. Coker also confirmed that the show will be based entirely in Harlem, NY vs the Hell’s Kitchen setting where Daredevil and Jessica Jones were featured in. Coker stated that the show will have a similar mature content like the other Netflix Marvel shows have had, but will also include mature music.
“We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, ‘The Wire’ of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.”
That’s a pretty bold statement to make, so we’ll see how true it rings soon enough.
In addition to having great drama, Coker also advises that the show will have an extensive soundtrack that will be a part of the show. Because the setting is in Harlem, there will be an urban flair for the show. During the same interview, Coker advised that Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge will be producing and composing the score for the television show. Ali Shaheed Muhammad is one-third of famous 90s Hip Hop Group A Tribe Called Quest famous for chart topper Scenario, and whose member Phife Dawg recently passed away (RIP Phife) and has been an influence for other urban music producers including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Will. I. Am to name a few. Adrian Younge is a composer, arranger and music producer who did the score for Black Dynamite and produced songs for hip hop artists including Ghostface Killah, Jay-Z, and Royce Da 5’9. If you are a fan of 90’s Hip Hop, this show will be a gem for you.
All that’s missing is a yellow shirt!! Marvel’s Luke Cage premieres September 30, 2016, on Netflix.
Source: Entertainment Weekly