A script written by Boardwalk Empire’s Terence Winter about the ‘70s rock scene is going through talks with HBO. Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will act as co-executive producers on the project. While the pairing might seem a bit random at first, let’s not forget that Martin Scorsese directed the Rolling Stones documentary Shine The Light back in 2009.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the hourlong drama project follows the exploits of a cocaine-fueled record executive in New York City circa 1977, when punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided.”
It sounds like the show could explore some interesting issues for music history buffs, while also exploring the corrupted, drug-filled scene of the music industry from a business perspective ala Mad Men. Interestingly enough, according to Deadline, Showtime is also developing a 70s-era music industry drama entitled Vinyl that “explores every aspect of the music business through multiple vantage points — from the record executives and rock stars to the drug pushers and the prostitutes, from the stage to the boardroom to the DJ booth.”