After what Deadline: Hollywood is reporting was a “competitive situation with multiple bidders,” drama series Highway 59 has found a home at FX. Based on author Attica Locke‘s newest novel Bluebird, Bluebird. Locke will write the adaptation of her novel, and will executive produce with 3 Arts’ Richard Abate, Jermaine Johnson and Will Rowbotham.
Here’s what publisher Little Brown Company has to say about the novel, the first of a proposed trilogy:
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.
When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes–and save himself in the process–before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt.
A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.
Earning the honor of being a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice selection, Bluebird, Bluebird was recently named as one of the top 10 thrillers/mysteries by The Washington Post. The novel has also received high praise from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Seattle Times and Houston Chronicle.
Serving as a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab, Locke has been a scriptwriter for a number of studios, including: Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, 20th Century Fox and HBO. Her first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for an Edgar Award and an NAACP Image Award in 2010.