EXCLUSIVE: Peacock develops a 1960s detective saga set in Hawaii from The Eternals writers Kaz and Ryan Firpo, fast furious director Justin Lin and The Walking Dead and minari starring Steven Yeun.
The islandsinspired by real events, is a story about American imperialism, the fall of a kingdom and the change of a way of life.
The serialized crime drama is from Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group; Perfect storm entertainment; Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment; and Yeun’s Universal Remote.
Cousins Kaz and Ryan Firpo, who wrote the $400 million Marvel movie The Eternalsdirected by Chloé Zhao and starring Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani, write and produce The islands. Lin will produce and direct with his producing partner Andrew Schneider also set as executive producer. Yeun, who does not star in the series, will also serve as an executive producer.
The Firpos are also behind the feature film Prodigy for Netflix and Will Packer Productions, based on the original graphic novel by Mark Millar, and sold their original sci-fi stoner-comedy feature Aliens are stealing our weed at Paramount Pictures with Gina Rodriguez starring and producing.
Lin is set to direct parts one and two of fast and furious 10, the latest installment in the blockbuster movie franchise. On the TV side, his Perfect Storm produces the third season of HBO Max’s warrior and he also recently directed the pilot, and executive produced, NBC’s The end game with universal television. He is under an overall film and television deal with Universal Pictures and Universal Studio Group.
Yeun, best known for his starring role in The walking dead, is featured and executive producer Beef, a 10-part comedy-drama starring Ali Wong, for Netflix. He comes out of the back of a hit feature film minari by Lee Isaac Chung and in 2020 landed a TV production deal with Amazon Studios.