See-Saw reteams with McQueen

30 October, 2013 by Don Groves

Producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning are joining forces again with Steve McQueen, director of the Oscar-touted 12 Years a Slave.

The See-Saw Films partners will serve as executive producers on an untitled drama that McQueen plans to direct for HBO. The plot will follow a young African-American man as he enters New York’s high society, with a past that may not be what it seems, according to


The script is by McQueen and World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan. The executive producers are Sherman, Canning, McQueen, Carnahan and hip-hop mogul/producer Russell Simmons.

Canning and Sherman produced McQueen’s second feature Shame and Canning was an executive producer on McQueen’s first film Hunger.

Icon will release 12 Years a Slave, the saga of a free man who was kidnapped in Washington in 1841 and forced into slavery on a Louisiana cotton plantation, on January 30.

See-Saw currently is producing Slow West, a Western starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren Pistorius, the feature debut of John Maclean, in New Zealand and Scotland.