HBO orders pilots from Scorsese, David Simon

Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:57pm EDT
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By Kimberly Nordyke and James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - HBO has added to its growing slate of 2008 pilots, including a post-Katrina New Orleans drama from "The Wire" creator David Simon and a Roaring Twenties period piece from filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

HBO executives, addressing TV critics at the network's annual summer "press tour," also said HBO Films is in the early stages of developing a sequel to the "Sex and the City" movie and would be eager to bring "The Sopranos" to the big screen, if series creator David Chase were willing.

On the TV front, Scorsese is teaming with longtime "Sopranos" writer-producer Terence Winter to produce a series pilot based on the book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City."

The project is set to shoot in January.

If ultimately picked up by HBO for its programming slate, "Boardwalk Empire" would mark the first produced scripted TV series from Scorsese, the veteran filmmaker who won an Oscar last year as best director for his work on "The Departed."

For the New Orleans drama set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Simon is working with Eric Overmyer, who served with him as a consulting producer on "The Wire," Simon's just-ended HBO drama about police and drug gangs in Baltimore.

The new pilot is titled "Treme." Simon's latest HBO drama, the Iraq war miniseries "Generation Kill," debuts on Sunday.

A third pilot order announced by HBO is "The Washingtonienne," a D.C.-set comedy based on Jessica Cutler's book to be executive produced by "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker.   Continued...

<p>Director Martin Scorsese waves at the red carpet as he arrives for the screening of his opening film 'Shine A Light' running in competition at the 58th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 7, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke</p>