The Help's Viola Davis is in negotiations for the lead in a new half hour HBO Drama series written by Dee Rees and Margaret Nagle. Dee Rees also potentially directing.

The show is based on the corruption of a city, viewed through the eyes of the headmaster of a private prep school. Although the drama is in preliminary negotiations, John Lesher is set to be an executive producer along with Viola Davis and Margaret Nagle. Dee Rees will also be co-executive producer.

There is no official title for the drama.

No timeline has been reported.