Scorsese, Buscemi, and ‘Sopranos’ Scribe Ready ‘Boardwalk Empire’ for Fall HBO Debut
On Tuesday we told you about “Treme,” a new HBO series from David Simon, the mastermind behind “The Wire.” The New Orleans music scene-themed show will debut in early April, following the conclusion of HBO’s latest epic World War II miniseries from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, “The Pacific.” Today brings the trailer of another new series from top HBO pedigree, and it looks just as bad ass as previous HBO fare.
So what do you get when you team up a lead writer for “The Sopranos” with Martin Scorsese, Steve Buscemi, and Gretchen Mol, and then set it all in Prohibition-era Atlantic City? The answer is after the jump.
According to The Playlist:
“Boardwalk Empire,” “written by ‘The Sopranos’ scribe Terence Winter, uses the book by Nelson Johnson, ‘Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City’ as a jumping off point to explore Atlantic City in the roaring ’20s. The series will detail the life and exploits of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) who is based on the real life person Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, the “boss” of the Republican political machine that controlled Atlantic City from 1911 to 1941. The cast is rounded out by Gretchen Mol, who plays a showgirl involved with Nucky; Dabney Coleman who plays his mentor and Omar Little from “The Wire” (Michael K. Williams) playing somebody named Chalky White.
Scorsese is directing the pilot, which begins on January 16, 1920, the day Prohibition took effect.