Hoodlum TV Show Remake in the Works at MGM Plus


First Bumpy now Madame Queen.

MGM+ Studios is developing a Hoodlum TV show remake based on the 1997 MGM film of the same name for its newly rebranded streamer MGM+ (formally known as EPIX). Written by Chris Brancato the period drama series will center on Harlem crime boss Stephanie St. Clair aka Madam Queen (portrayed by Cicely Tyson in the film).

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This show is set in the 1930s and follows the true story of Stephanie St. Clair, a Harlem numbers queen, and her mentorship of Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson.

Brancato and Monica Macer are co-creating and executive producing this exciting project. News of the Hoodlum tv show remake comes as MGM+, formally known as Epix, completes its rebranding.

The newly rebranded channel and streaming service will officially launch on January 15 in conjunction with the season three premiere of Godfather of Harlem starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker and created by Brancato and Eckstein.

The Godfather of Harlem series centered on Bumpy Johnson’s, which the film Hoodlum was originally about, life in 1963, after Johnson’s 11-year sentence in Alcatraz on drug charges. So it appears Brancato, who has co-created both Godfather of Harlem and now the upcoming Hoodlum tv show remake is creating a series franchise inspired by the real-life people portrayed in the 1997 film.

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The film gave a fictionalized account of the gang war between the Italian/Jewish mafia alliance and the black gangsters of Harlem that took place in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The film centered on Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (Laurence Fishburne), Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth), and Lucky Luciano (Andy García).

As of now, no casting has been announced. Who would you like to see star in the series?

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