Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter have been slowly working on a project at HBO that sounds almost too good to be true — a drama set in the New York music scene the late ’70s. And now, Deadline reports, the potential drama series has showrunners in place — Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the writers of “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “The Girlfriend Experience” and the directors of “Solitary Man” and the upcoming ESPN “30 for 30” doc “This is What They Want.”
While the still untitled series has not yet been greenlight, the hiring of Koppelman and Levien certainly seems a good sign in that direction.
Winter wrote the pilot script and Scorsese is slated to direct the pilot, like he did for “Boardwalk Empire.” Bobby Cannavale, who played hot-tempered gangster Gyp Rosetti on the last season of the New Jersey period drama, will star in the pilot as a cocaine-addled A&R man who becomes the head of a big label, despite thinking of himself as more suited to dealing with day-to-day affairs.
The project, which is scheduled to shoot in early 2014, started off as a feature when Jagger suggested Scorsese make a “Casino” equivalent set in the music industry. Scorsese directed the 2008 Rolling Stones doc “Shine a Light.”