On the heels of the series order to J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan’ star-studded drama Westworld, HBO has given a formal series pickup to another drama pilot stocked with A-listers behind and in front of the camera: the untitled Rock ‘n’ Roll project from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter.
The long-gestating drama, created by Winter, had been in the works at HBO since 2010. It took a slow route after long waits for Scorsese’s schedule to clear and for Winter to wrap up HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which he created and ran. The project gained momentum last year when Boardwalk Empire standout Bobby Cannavale was cast as the lead and Brian Koppelman and David Levien were hired as showrunners, subsequently replaced by George Mastras. With Boardwalk Empire over, Winter is set to serve as showrunner on the Rock ‘n Roll series, on which he is credited as writer alongside Mastras. Scorsese directed the pilot, just as he did with the pilot for Boardwalk Empire, winning an Emmy for his work. Scorsese also had worked with Jagger, directing the 2008 Rolling Stones documentary Shine A Light, which led to their collaboration on the Rock ‘n’ Roll drama.
The untitled hourlong drama is set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive (Cannavale) trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano and Juno Temple co-star, and the cast includes Andrew Dice Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Bo Dietl, Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano.
Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman and Emma Tillinger Koskoff executive produce alongside Scorsese, Jagger, Winter and Mastras.