Writer-director Steven J. Kung is reteaming with Justin Simien and Leann Bowen of the Dear White People cinematic universe to develop a new scripted series titled Asian American-centric comedy Plan A. Kung (A Leading Man) will write as well as executive produce the series. Simien will also executive produce Plan A while Bowen is set as showrunner.
Plan A will follow Asian Americans living in Los Angeles who strive for the benchmark of the American Dream – an impressive job and a satisfying love life – all while navigating the cultural expectations of their parents, society and ultimately, themselves.
“We are excited to bring this simultaneously funny and dramatic series to STARZ,” said Kathryn Busby, President, Original Programming, STARZ. “The show is a wonderful blend of Justin’s visionary talent and the seminal legacy of Dear White People, along with the critically acclaimed creative artistry of Steven and Leann. We are proud that it highlights STARZ’s commitment to telling original, sophisticated and entertaining stories that offer an authentic look at AAPI narratives, told by incredible AAPI creators.”
“I’ve always wanted to watch a show about people who look like me, just walking around, living their lives and taking up space,” said Kung. “STARZ and Lionsgate have given us an enormous amount of freedom to create Plan A, and it’s allowed me and my extraordinary creative partners Justin Simien and Leann Bowen to take the story to an authentic, edgy and joyous place.”
“From the moment Steven pitched me the project I was dazzled,” said Simien. “I’m so thrilled to be back with Steven and Leann to continue the playful yet bold storytelling we poured our hearts into refining during the writing of Dear White People.”
Plan A will be produced by Lionsgate Television for STARZ. Directors of Original Programming Tara Roy and Alex Alberts will oversee the series on behalf of STARZ. Jocelyn Sabo, Senior Vice President, Television will oversee for Lionsgate Television.