John Turturro’s New HBO Limited Series ‘The Night Of’ to Investigate “Feral Purgatory” of Rikers Island


True Detective‘s second season might not have hit the highs of its first, but that hasn’t stopped HBO from producing another crime series. Called The Night Of, it’ll star John Turturro and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and will debut this summer.

A press release describes the series as a thriller that “delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones.” Further, the action seems less locked into the police side of things than HBO’s other recent dramas, as the show looks to investigate “the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system, and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes.” “Feral purgatory”? Wow, evocative.

Created by Steven Zaillian (Moneyball, Schindler’s List) and Richard Price (The Wire), the eight-part series will feature an incredible amount of supporting actors, including Ben Shenkman, Paul Costanzo, Michael K. Williams, Jeannie Berlin, and plenty more. It’s based on the BBC show Criminal Justice, which starred Ben Whishaw and was written by Peter Moffat.

As of now, the only release date is “summer,” which is vague but promising, as summer is now only a few months away.