Jim Gaffigan to portray Rob Ford in AMC miniseries
It’s been four years since death of infamous former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and now AMC has begun development on a scripted series centered on his life with Grammy-nominated comic and star Jim Gaffigan (Troop Zero) set to star, according to Variety.
The series, which is being penned by Jesse McKeown (Letterkenny, The Sinner), is being described as a “dark comedy” that will explore the rise and fall of the controversial Ford, who served as mayor of Toronto from 2010-2014 after years as a city councilor and was infamously caught on video smoking crack during his 2014 re-election campaign and was known to suffer from other substance abuse issues.
McKeown is set to executive produce the series alongside Ed Helms (Tag, The Hangover Trilogy) and Mike Falbo through their Pacific Electric Picture Co. banner and Michael Dowse (Coffee & Kareem, Stuber), who is also attached to produce, although it’s unclear at this time how many episodes he will helm.
Gaffigan is best-known for his more upbeat and food-based stand up comedy, breaking out with the 2004 special “Doing My Time” and following it up with the acclaimed 2006 special “Beyond the Pale,” 2009’s “King Baby” and more. As an actor, he has mostly worked in the comedy field, including creating and starring in The Jim Gaffigan Show for TV Land and on the big screen in Going the Distance, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Super Troopers while exploring the drama world in American Dreamer, Above the Shadows and Them That Follow.