Alan Cumming To Star In New Series About Gay New York Restaurateur Florent Morellet

Cumming will portray the flamboyant Meatpacking District fixture in a new dark comedy for Showtime.

Everyone’s favorite bisexual sprite, Alan Cumming, already has another gig lined up when his time on The Good Wife comes to an end.

Deadline reports that Showtime is developing Alan’s passion project, a half-hour dark comedy based on the life of flamboyant ’80s New York restaurateur Florent Morellet.

“Inspired by the true story of Morellet, who in the early ’80s opened a restaurant in NY’s wild and woolly Meatpacking District, Florent will explore the light and dark of that time, as well as the craziness of a place that become a destination for everyone from NY’s literati to the neighborhood hookers and hustlers, the NYPD, and the burgeoning LGBT community.”

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Alan will star as Morellet on the show, which will be directed by The Good Wife’s Rosemary Rodriguez and written by Patricia Resnick, best known for writing Nine To Five.

David Sigal, who directed the 2010 documentary about the diner, Florent: Queen of the Meat Market, will co-executive produce the new series.

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Florent closed in 2008, after the Meatpacking District’s gentrification caused rents to soar. But anyone who managed a visit and met the colorful and engaging restauranteur was impressed by his warmth, charm and passion. (An HIV-positive AIDS activist, Morellet would write his daily T-cell count on the restaurant board).

Watch a trailer for Florent: Queen of the Meat Market below.
 

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