Brother Black Ice Producers to Fasttrack Basketball

Variety has learned that "Brother" producers Damon D'Oliveira and Clement Virgo, "Black Ice" producer Vinay Virmani, and "Alice, Darling"

producer Noah Segal are preparing a new basketball-themed crime series called "The Count" for this fall's market, Variety has learned.

The TV drama will jump between Toronto's basketball scene and Haiti's cultural mix as it shows how a Haitian basketball player facing a life

sentence for murder turns into a justice-seeking saboteur as a modern take on French author Alexandre Dumas' classic 19th-century novel

"The Count of Monte Cristo," which is about a wrongfully imprisoned man. 
As executive producers on the series, D'Oliveira and Virgo

, through their company Conquering Lion Pictures, Virmani, the chief content officer of The Good Karma Company, and Segal, the co-president

of Elevation Pictures, have signed on. "The Count" will be directed by Virgo, who wrote and directed "Brother