Name directors love them some HBO. Martin Scorsese launched “Boardwalk Empire” by helming the pilot episode. Todd Haynes did his take on “Mildred Pierce.” The latest to join the club is recent Oscar-nominee Darren Aronofsky, who’s going to direct the pilot for series-hopeful “Hobogoblin” (and walked away from directing 20th Century Fox franchise “The Wolverine”).
The brainchild of wedded authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, “Hobogoblin” concerns a group of magicians and con men who use their skills to battle Hitler during World War II. Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of novels like “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” and “Wonder Boys,” while Waldman is best known for “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits” (which served as the basis for the Natalie Portman starrer, “The Other Woman”).
This will mark Aronofsky’s first stab at TV (although he recently directed a Revlon commercial starring Jessical Biel and Pharrell.) The Playlist reports that it’s safe to bet the show will air sometime in 2012. And as previously reported, this summer Aronofsky will head the jury at the Venice International Film Festival.