Docuseries Inspired By ‘Godfather Of Harlem’ In Works At Epix

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
A new docuseries inspired by “Godfather of Harlem” is in the works at Epix. It is entitled “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem.” Nigel Thatch and Whitaker in ‘Godfather of Harlem’ Photo: EPIX

A new docuseries inspired by “Godfather of Harlem” is in the works at Epix. The network has given the green light to “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem,” according to Deadline.

Slated to premiere this fall, Deadline said the four-part docuseries will bring “the dramatic true story of Harlem and its music during the 1960’s and connects that history to our present moment” to life.

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“Combining interviews, archival footage, evocative imagery and key moments from the “Godfather of Harlem” series, this series will take audiences on a musical journey that brings to life the excitement of 1960’s Harlem, and introduces the artists who dared to use their voices, instruments and lyrics to take a stand against oppression,” the network said in a press release. “Through the prism of contemporary artists, audiences will see beyond the black and white historical images into the multicolored souls of musicians unafraid to use music as a weapon against change.”

The original Godfather of Harlem series, which stars Forest Whitaker as crime boss Bumpy Johnson, was renewed for a second season in February. Swizz Beatz, Keith McQuirter and Nina Yang Bongiovi will serve as executive producers of the spinoff.