The premium cable network is very hot on a script that Boardwalk Empire’s Terence Winter has turned in for an untitled 1970s rock ‘n’ roll project in development, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to Winter, the potential series has a string of bold face names attached, including Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger , who met with HBO executives to discuss the project over lunch at Craft earlier this month.
The hourlong drama project follows the exploits of a cocaine-fueled record executive in New York City circa 1977, when punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided.
Boardwalk Empire’s Winter is attached to executive produce and write the pilot, with his Emmy-winning Boardwalk director Scorsese attached to executive produce and direct the pilot.
The Rolling Stones frontman, who initially conceived the idea as a film project, first at Disney and then at Paramount, will also executive produce. His producing partner Victoria Pearman as well as Scorsese’s manager Rick Yorn are attached as EPs. The project will serve as a reunion for Scorsese, Jagger and Pearman, who collaborated on the 2008 documentary Shine a Light.
The news comes as Showtime is developing a 1970s-set music industry project of its own. The latter, titled Vinyl, explores multiple aspects of the music business, from the perspective of record executives and rock stars to drug pushers and prostitutes.
Scorsese is repped by WME, while Winter, Jagger and Pearman are repped by CAA.