Though basic cable networks like FX and AMC, as well as streaming giant Netflix, are trying their hand at the type of programming that made HBO famous, the cable company isn’t yielding an inch. Variety is reporting
Based on the New Yorker article “Pay Up” by Jake Halpern from October 2010 (read it here), “Paper” will follow “a former cocaine dealer and gangster named Jimmy who lives in Buffalo, NY and who’s sought to reform his life by getting into business as a professional debt collector, a gig that turns out to be just as potentially dangerous as his previous life of crime.” Non-fiction and short story writer Wells Tower will write and executive produce. No word on the production timeline, but our guess is that it’s still at least a way off. But with Pitt starring in “Killing The Softly” this weekend, which is basically set against the same time period this article was published and has the economy as a prominent backdrop, it seems the actor isn’t done exploring that theme just yet.
Meanwhile, Pitt’s pal David Fincher is also getting into the TV biz with the upcoming “House Of Cards,” and Pitt was asked by MTV (via Collider) if he was open to the director’s re-imagining of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” that Fincher wants him for.