Filmmaker Spike Lee is all set to work on a new TV series with tech entrepreneur and multi-hyphenate rising star Chad Sanders.
“Archer” is described as “a dark comedy and sociological thriller capturing the life of a 20-something African-American coding genius and iconoclast living in Brooklyn who has developed a dating app that reads sexual chemistry.” The protagonist is a “young, black Mark Zuckerberg-like” character.
If the character’s resume is as stacked as Sanders’ — he worked at Google before his tenure at Dev Bootcamp — he could be a compelling onscreen presence. The project is loosely based on the life of Sanders, a tech entrepreneur who formerly served as a partner and head of business development at Dev Bootcamp, an intensive coding school that was eventually sold to Kaplan for double-digit millions.
Sanders spent the first four years of his career with Google. He recently founded the business development agency Archer Genius Management, which is the basis for the title of the series.
Sanders is the creator and star of the series, in addition to serving as executive producer, writer, and director. Lee is on board to direct the pilot episode and will executive produce through his 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks production banner. Sanders and Lee, who both graduated from Morehouse College, first met through a mutual family friend.
Lee has another small screen project in the works, “She’s Gotta Have It,” a TV version of his film of the same name, which premieres on Netflix in November.
The series will be pitched to a wide variety of networks. No particular platform is being eyed at this point, indicating that online streaming might be a last resort for the makers.
There is no information about the budget, other cast members or a release date as of now. The show is still in the concept stage and once a network is finalized, the rest of the details would fall in place.