Snoop Dogg has always represented his native West Coast in his music, and now he’s taking his L.A. pride to a whole new medium: television.
During his keynote address at South By Southwest on Friday (March 20), the “Peaches N Cream” MC announced that he's developing a new original series for HBO that will take place in 1980s Los Angeles. According to Deadline, the as-yet-untitled drama centers around a family “whose seemingly idyllic life is turned upside down by the collision of their community and American politics.”
"HBO is the number one network in the world as far as developing and having these types of shows come to life," Snoop said. "This is a dream come true to be able to tell a story that's going to be told the right way on the right network."
Though he recently made a buzz-worthy appearance on the season finale of “Empire,” Snoop will step behind the camera for the HBO series, which he'll executive produce alongside longtime manager Ted Chung. The project has also recruited writer Rodney Barnes (“The Boondocks”) and director Allen Hughes (“Dead Presidents” and “Menace II Society”).
Details about the project are still limited and a release date hasn't yet been announced, but it certainly sounds intriguing. Snoop was born in Long Beach and grew up in south L.A., so it's likely that his own experiences will inform much of the series.
HBO is also a natural fit for Snoop, who just so happens to be a huge "Game of Thrones" fan -- he recently appeared on Catch the Throne: The Mix Tape 2 with the song "Lannister's Anthem."