HBO Orders 70s Porn Drama, ‘Capitol Hill’ Pilots From ‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon

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HBOHBO is staying in business with The Wire creator David Simon. The premium cable network has given the greenlight to two hour-long drama projects from Simon. The first, starring James Franco, is set in the world of the porn industry in the 1970s; while the second is a contemporary political drama set on Capitol Hill.

The Deuce tells the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. The drama explores the rough-and-tumble world that existed in midtown Manhattan until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence.

The script was penned by David Simon and George Pelecanos. Michelle MacLaren is attached to direct the drama, which is inspired in part by the career of twin brothers who were players in the Times Square world and became fronts for Mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry from its origins. James Franco will play both twins. Production is set to commence in October in New York.

David SimonFrom David Simon and Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, Capitol Hill is set in the present day and is described as a detailed examination of partisanship and the influence of money on national governance. Ed Burns and William F. Zorzi, both of whom have previously worked with David Simon, are also attached to the project. Simon will serve as executive producer, while Bernstein will produce.

“We are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with preeminent producer David Simon, whose keen eye and visceral perspective on today’s socio-economic ills have set him apart from all others”, said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “No one else creates with such authenticity, integrity and brilliant realism. We are so fortunate to support David’s efforts and to reap the benefits of his distinctive voice.”

The two pilot orderS extends a more than 17 year relationship between HBO and David Simon, who created both The Wire and New Orleans set Treme for the premium cable network. The pick ups are also quite timely as they come less than two weeks before Simon’s latest HBO project, Show Me A Hero, is set to debut. For HBO, the two projects join a drama pilot slate that also includes Alan Ball’s Virtuoso and The Devil You Know, from Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan.

  • Theresa Fortier

    Would love word on HBO picking up The Devil You Know. Really excited to see that one!

  • Joe Lodico

    HBO just is going down hill with a 1970’s porn industry pilot; a story I wouldn’t watch. James Franco did The Interview that’s when I started to boycott James Franco movies.