HBO’s upcoming drama series The Deuce has added novelists Megan Abbott and Lisa Lutz to its writing team joining David Simon (The Wire), George Pelecanos and Richard Price.
Abbott is the Edgar award-winning author of seven novels, including Dare Me and The Fever. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal and in anthologies including Detroit Noir, Best American Mystery Stories of 2015 and Mississippi Noir. She was the 2015 winner of the International Thriller Writers’ and Strand Critics’ Awards for Best Novel. Her next book You Will Know Me comes out in July 2016.
Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including this spring’s new thriller, The Passenger, How to Start a Fire, six novels in the Spellman books series, and Heads You Lose, co-authored with David Hayward. She is also the author of the children’s book, How to Negotiate Everything, illustrated by Jaime Temairik. Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.
The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic, and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence. The series is currently in pre-production in New York.
Simon, Pelecanos, Price and Franco serve as executive producers along with longtime Simon collaborator Nina K. Noble. Marc Henry Johnson is a producer, along with Gyllenhaal. Michelle MacLaren directed and executive produced the pilot.