Low Winter Sun exec producer Chris Mundy has shied away from comparisons between the upcoming crime drama and HBO’s standard-bearer The Wire.
While Mundy was flattered by the comparisons at today’s TCA session, he recognized that the Detroit-based series has yet to earn its seriable corn:
“If it’s ever said that we did for Detroit what The Wire did for Baltimore, it would just be the highest compliment. I wouldn’t presume that we’re yet anywhere close to being mentioned in the same breath with that show, which I think is one of the best ever done for television.”
Starring Mark Strong and Lennie James, Low Winter Sun is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. The saga begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underbelly.
As for how the show’s intriguing title plays into the unfolding events, Mundy offered the following interpretation:
“The way I choose to believe it is there is a certain time of year in the northern hemisphere in winter where the sun is so low that it is blinding and you can’t find your way forward.”
Low Winter Sun premieres Aug. 11 on AMC.