'Judas and the Black Messiah' Director Shaka King Signs First-Look Deal With FX

King will develop TV series under his newly launched production company, I’d Watch That

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FX Productions has signed a first-look deal with Shaka King, best known for writing, directing and producing “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Under the agreement, King will develop new TV series for FX through his production company I’d Watch That. Brandon Harris is the company’s president and co-founder.

“We at FX have long been fans of Shaka King’s work and are honored to partner with him and his production company to create groundbreaking new television series,” FX president of original programming Nick Grad said. “Shaka’s stunning feature ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ rightfully garnered enormous attention and praise, the culmination of years devoted to honing his talents as a writer, director and producer, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for him to turn his attention to TV.”

“My first professional directing gig was shooting a pilot presentation for FX and I’ve been trying to get back in the fold ever since,” King said. “Our tastes, quite simply, align. I’m so excited to see what Brandon, myself, and the folks over there are able to cook up.”

“Judas and the Black Messiah” was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. Star Daniel Kaluuya won for his portrayal of real-life Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. The movie also starred Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Aston Sanders and Dominique Fishback.

King is represented by United Talent Agency and Stuart M. Rosenthal of GGSSC.

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