[T]he project is a Southern set wry thriller centered on an unlikely friendship between a straight white southern man and a gay African American Vietnam veteran. Together, the two best friends wind up in trouble with various criminals as they attempt to solve local crimes. Sundance and Cannes Film Festival alum Jim Mickle is attached to write and direct with co-writer Nick Damici (We Are What We Are, Cold in July). Their highly anticipated film Cold in July will screen in Cannes this May.
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are featured in a series of "eight novels, two novellas, and one collection of stories and excerpts." Pine has quite an interesting backstory, per Wikipedia.
Leonard Pine is a gay, black Vietnam vet with serious anger issues. He was raised by his uncle who shunned him after learning he was gay. However when his uncle passes away, he leaves his house and all his assets to Leonard. Leonard has zero tolerance for racist or anti-gay slurs. Although Hap dislikes guns, Leonard has no problem carrying or using them. Quick to anger, at times he cannot understand Hap's aversion to violence or killing if necessary, even when provoked. His relationships are also short and tempestuous.
IndieWire's "Shadow and Act" notes: "One can only assume that [Pine's] mercurial and explosive nature is as a result of his family not accepting his homosexuality, having to navigate racism and homophobia, and possibly even PTSD, or a combination of them all." Very good
Pine's crime-solving partner Hap Collins is described as "a white working class laborer who spent time in federal prison as a young man for refusing to be drafted into the military and serve in the Vietnam War."
Not sure how they're going to cast the series or which time frame they will use. The book series was written in the 2000s. Hap was described as "late forties" so that would have made Leonard likely in his fifties at that time. Most veterans of the Vietnam War would be very late fifties to mid-sixtysomething today. Looking forward to hearing more about the project, though. Hopefully this will progress beyond development and into production.