“Us the city” will begin this Monday 25th, at exactly 10 pm, on HBO and, via streaming, on HBO Max.
Twenty years ago, David Simon premiered The wirea cult series that has been cataloged as one of the best of all time. Now, the writer and producer is back in the Baltimore city police universe with The city is ours (We Own This City).
Just as Simon launched his masterpiece -in June 2002- on HBO, the new police and crime drama miniseries premiered. this Monday, 25, at exactly 10 pm, on cable and via the HBO Max streaming platform.
Simon, also author of the series The Deuce Y The Plot Against America, was summoned by his usual collaborating producer, George Pelecanos. The two chose Reinaldo Marcus Green, director of the acclaimed film King Richard: A Winning Familyto pick up this story.
“Ours is the city”, the new police series from the creator of “The Wire”, David Simon.
The six episodes of the miniseries are taken from the book of the same name written by journalist Justin Fenton, from the newspaper baltimore dayabout a scandalous real case of corruption in the local security forces.
The city is ours stars John Bernthal, as some may know Shane Walsh of famous The walking dead; or of Frank Castle’s The punisher. He has also had supporting roles in films such as The Wall Street wolf and on its own hari richard.
Bernthal usually plays extreme men or gangsters. Here is Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, chief of the Gun Trace Task Force of the Baltimore Police Department.
Based on real events
“The city is ours” is based on a true story, which in 2017 exposed a corrupt plot between several Baltimore police officers.
In 2017, Jenkins and seven of his other subordinates rose to public prominence They were accused of committing acts of conspiracy for the purpose of extortion, theft, possession of weapons. of fire to promote crimes and participation in organized crime.
According to investigators, for nearly three years, the team carried out these maneuvers typically targeting drug traffickers and -sometimes- innocent civilians, with the aim of take money and drugs in raids and by bribery.
The case had severe consequences in Baltimore and caused the moral collapse of a society plagued by the history of the Police’s role in the so -called “war on drugs”, which involved the obligation to massively arrest citizens, often when unreasonable. and create an environment where its agents cannot follow the rules.
An improved team and some familiar faces
David Simon, the creator of the acclaimed “The Wire,” is back with another police drama set in Baltimore.
With Reinaldo Marcus Green joining the team he created twenty years ago The wire -in addition to Simon and Pelecanos, former Baltimore detective and teacher Ed Burns, who co-wrote this and that story-, The city is ours brings together most of the talent from the iconic series.
So many fans of The wire identify the different faces of those stories. They include Jamie Hector, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Domenick Lombardozzi, Trey Chaney, Delaney Williams, Jermaine Crawford, Anwan Glover, Chris Clanton, Nathan Corbett, Maria Broom, Susan Rome and Michael Salconi.
The main cast includes Josh Charles (Masters of Sex), Dagmara Dominczyk (Succession), DonHarvey (The Deuce), David Corenswet (The Politicians), Larry Mitchell (The Chicago Trial 7), Delaney-Williams (Ray Donovan) and Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90210).
The reunion between Simon and Pelecanos began when the latter contacted Kary Antholis -another of the series ’executive producers-, who described the main basis of the Gun Trace Task Force scandal and the possibility of adaptation of Pelecanos’ book for television. Fenton’s nonfiction.
Jon Bernthal stars in We Own This City, which airs this Monday on the 25th on HBO Max.
After reading the manuscript, Pelecanos invited his longtime partners, David Simon and executive producer Nina K. Noble, to the project. This will be the first return of the entire team since the iconic series set in Baltimore.