Was The Wire Based On A True Story?

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If you are a fan of the drama and crime genre then you must have watched HBO series called The Wire. It is an American-based crime drama series and it was written by former police reporter and writer David Simon.

Talking about David Simon his full name is David Judah Simon and he is a writer or an author, producer, journalist, and former police reporter. He has written many books and television series like Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, The Wire, Generation Kill, Treme, The Plot Against America, and many others.

All over the internet people, basically, fans of the series The Wire are asking if the series is based on a true event or story, so in this piece of article I will be answering this question and we will also discuss a few things about the series’ writer David Simon.

Short Biography of David Simon

David was born on February 9, 1960, in Washington, D.C, the United States to Dorothy Simon and Bernard Simon. Bernard was a journalist and his wife Dorothy was a housewife and they are Jewish. He is not the only child of his parents beside him there were two other children, his brother Grey Simon and sister Linda Evans but in 1990 his sister Linda died.

David attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and after graduation, he enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park. When he was in school he used to write for the school newspaper and at the University he wrote for the student newspaper and in 1983 he graduated from the University. In the University he met David Mills and later they became close friends.

How Much Did It Take to Make The Wire?

The series first aired on June 2, 2002, and its last episode on March 9, 2009, and the cast of this series are pretty well-known and popular actors like Idris Elba, Dominic West, Michael K. Williams, Michael B. Jordan, and others.

The series showed the perspective of both police and dealers of drug dealing in Baltimore, Maryland, and Obama also liked the series very much and according to IMDB, the estimated production cost might be around $1.5 million per episode.

Few sites also believe that the production of the series’ first season cost could be around $50 to $55 million. Also, as per the reports, each episode was shot in a week or so. Let’s get on to the main question or the topic of this article.

Was The Wire Based On A True Story?

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Yes, the series’ plot was based on a true story remember that David used to be a police reporter? He might have heard or seen many drug dealing events. Also, many characters of the series were inspired by real people, and one of the series’ characters Avon Barksdale was based on a real drug dealer, and not only his character was taken but his real name was also taken in the series, even his nickname Bodie was based on his real nickname. The other few characters were also based on real people like Stringer Bell whose character was based on Melvin Williams.

The Wire is one of the blockbuster series and it has been nominated for and won many awards including Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Writers Guild of America Awards, Directors Guild of America Award, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Dramatic Series, Crime Thriller Award, Artios Award, and many others.

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