A TV show based on Joe Ide’s reimagined Sherlock Holmes novel series IQ is currently in the works, and Snoop Dogg is executive producing.
The rapper and his Snoopadelic Films banner have recently signed on to executive produce the Sherlock Holmes reimagining, which is now underway at Alcon Television.
Published in 2016, IQ is the first installment in Ide’s series of four crime novels inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books. IQ is followed by Righteous in 2017, Wrecked in 2018, and Hi Five earlier this year.
The TV series centers on Isaiah Quintabe, a 26-year-old African American private eye from East Long Beach whose exceptional detective skills earned him the nickname IQ. Isaiah’s Watson is Juanell Dodson, a semi-reformed East Side Crip who comes back to IQ’s life with a big payday case.
In the novel, the story opens with the LAPD barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. And as numbers of unresolved murders and lost children continue to go up, IQ steps in to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.
A loner and a high school dropout, IQ charges his clients whatever they can afford — a set of tires or a homemade casserole. But in order to get by, he’s forced to take wealthy clients. In the first book, IQ is hired by a rap mogul, whose life is in danger.
Though it looks like Snoop Dogg would be perfect to play the character of the rap mogul, he’s only attached to the project as a producer, as of the moment.
Details about the TV series are very limited, but based on Snoop Dogg’s “we not playing” comment about the news on Instagram, it looks like the project is going to be some quality TV.
In addition to Snoop Dogg, House of Lies alums Matthew Carnahan and Theo Travers, who are creating the series, are also executive producing. Joining the trio in executive producer capacity are Alcon Television Group CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.
Carnahan’s producing partner, Joel Ehninger, and Ben Roberts of Alcon Television Group are also executive producing, while Robert Amidon of Atlas Entertainment and Ted Chung of Snoopadelic Films are producing. Deon Taylor is set to direct, but no network is currently attached to the series yet.