*HBO Max has announced a new reality show about “young Black life” in Los Angeles is in the works from “Insecure” creator and star Issa Rae.
The series is titled “Sweet Life: Los Angeles,” and is set to debut this summer on HBO Max. The show “gives an honest and unique look into what it means to be young, Black, and in constant pursuit of one’s dreams in the heart of South Los Angeles,” per its official description, as reported by TheWrap. “The series follows a group of young, strong-willed, ambitious Black friends showcasing their relatable, authentic and sometimes stumbling mid-20s moments as they embrace the joy and struggles of love and family, while building their careers as tastemakers and influencers in the city where they grew up.”
“Sweet Life: Los Angeles” is produced by Rae’s HOORAE, Main Event Media, an All3Media America Company, and Morning Dew Pictures.
“We’re so proud to present a grounded and fun slice of young Black LA life,” Rae said of the new project. “We hope the HBO Max audience will relate to and fall in love with this group of friends as much as we have.”
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) May 18, 2021
Rae is also set to executive produce a reboot of the acclaimed documentary series “Project Greenlight.” The original incarnation of the Emmy nominated series aired for two seasons on HBO from 2001-2003, then moved to Bravo for a third season in 2005. The fourth and final season aired on HBO in 2015 and was canceled a year later. The series was produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
An eight-episode order has been given to the reboot, which will focus on an all-female team of aspiring women filmmakers as they are given a shot at directing their first feature. Rae will appear in each episode offering mentorship to the women. The finished film will premiere on HBO Max.
“At HBO Max, we are committed to providing a platform for diverse, up-and-coming talent,” Jennifer O’Connell, executive VP of non-fiction and live-action family at HBO Max, said in a press release. “Issa is uniquely skilled in this space, and we are thrilled to be partnering with her and Miramax as a promising group of filmmakers is inspired and challenged with their biggest opportunity yet.”
“By relaunching the iconic ‘Project Greenlight’ with the brilliant Issa Rae and HBO Max, we continue our efforts to mine the Miramax library and create exciting, groundbreaking new content as well as forge opportunities for a new generation of innovative voices to be heard,” said Marc Helwig, head of worldwide television at Miramax, which is co-producing the series.
Meanwhile, Vanity Fair has dropped a new interview with Rae. Check it out here.