Boardwalk Empire executive producers Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter are recruiting the series’ Season 3 star Bobby Cannavale for their next project at HBO. Emmy winner Cannavale is in negotiations to star in an untitled Rock ‘n’ Roll series, which Scorsese and Winter created with Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger. The project, which has been in the works at HBO since 2010, has not been greenlighted yet but we’ve learned that it is gearing up for an early 2014 shoot with Scorsese directing the pilot that was written by Winter. Scorsese also helmed the pilot for Boardwalk Empire, which too was penned by Winter. Scorsese has already worked it into his busy schedule, so go ahead and dress for this one.
The untitled Rock ‘n’ Roll Project follows the exploits of Richie (Cannavale), a cocaine-fueled record exec in NYC circa 1977, when punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided. Richie is a talented A&R guy who is elevated to run a big label, even though he thinks he’s better suited to focusing on day-to-day music matters. Scorsese and Jagger, who worked together on the superb Rolling Stones documentary Shine A Light, began this project as a feature after Jagger told Scorsese they ought to make a movie like Casino in the world of the music biz. They set it at Paramount, which is involved in the series. Scorsese, Jagger, Winter, Jagged Films’ Victoria Pearman, Sikelia president Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Rick Yorn are the exec producers. Since Winter continues to run Boardwalk Empire, the producers are looking to staff up writers for the new show.
Scorsese is completing post production on the Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer The Wolf Of Wall Street, which will be released November 15, as he preps the HBO pilot. And then he will direct Silence, his long awaited adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel that has The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield starring. Scorsese is repped by WME and Yorn; Winter, Jagger and Pearman are repped by CAA; Cannavale, currently starring on Broadway in Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife, is repped by ICM Partners and managed by Frameworks’ Peg Donegan.