HBO is officially back in business with Alan Ball.
The premium cable network has ordered a pilot for the former True Blood showrunner’s musical drama project Virtuoso, which has Ball’s partner Peter Macdissi attached to star and counts Elton John amongst its many executive producers.
Penned and directed by Alan Ball, Virtuoso is set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna and follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.
Peter Macdissi will play Salieri, an accomplished composer who starts the Academy of Musical Excellence on the orders of Emperor. The cast also includes Nico Mirallegro (The Village), Iva Babic (One Shot), Francois Civil (Rosemary’s Baby), Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game) and Lindsay Farris (The Code).
The drama, which is based on an idea by Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi and Steve Hamilton Shaw, is being produced in-house and will be executive produced by Alan Ball, Elton John, David Furnish, Peter Macdissi and Steve Hamilton Shaw.