N.W.A. isn’t the only thing to come straight outta Compton. “Homeland” and "Tyrant” producer Howard Gordon will look to put a brand-new spin on medical dramas, by basing one on doctors who grew up together in the California city.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gordon has teamed up with “Bones” writer Nkechi Carroll to develop a medical drama for Fox. Carroll will write the show, which received a script pickup with a significant penalty attached.
While the recent film “Straight Outta Compton” focused on three men who grew up on the streets of the city and went on to change hip-hop forever, the upcoming Compton medical drama has a similar sounding story line. According to Deadline, the untitled show, will focus on "three young, brilliant doctors who grew up together in Compton and are reunited at an extraordinary cutting-edge hospital in Beverly Hills. Now the shared secrets from their past force them to straddle the line between the opulence of their new world and the hard streets they came from."
The news of the Compton show comes days after the movie “Straight Outta Compton” was released, which made more than $60 million in its opening weekend, according to Forbes. This makes it the seventh biggest R-rated debut of all time and the fourth biggest ever in the month of August. Variety reports the film has now grossed more than $100 million to date.
Gordon became the show runner for “24” in 2006 and held that title until the show’s final season in 2010. After “24,” he developed Showtime’s “Homeland,” NBC’s “Awake” and co-developed FX’s “Tyrant.” He is also working as executive producer on the upcoming “The Frankenstein Code” and possibly on another "24."
In addition to “Bones,” Carroll has also worked on the “Bones” spin-off “The Finder.” Before work on the new Compton medical drama begins, Carroll will be working on Fox’s upcoming “Rosewood,” starring Morris Chestnut. "Rosewood" will premiere Sept. 23.