Martin Scorsese woos Pitt for HBO pilot

12.31.08 9 years ago

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Michael Pitt is reportedly in final negotiations to co-star with Steve Buscemi in Martin Scorsese’s HBO drama pilot “Boardwalk Empire.”

Based on Nelson Johnson’s chronicle of the growth of Atlantic City in the 1920s, “Boardwalk Empire” was adapted for the small screen by “Sopranos” veteran Terrence Winter. Scorsese will direct the pilot, in addition to executive producing with Winter, Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt will play Jimmy Darmody, a young man who returns from World War I and puts his ruthless nature to the test as a flunky for Buscemi’s Nucky Johnson, a businessman and Prohibition rum runner. Naturally, Jimmy isn’t looking to linger at the bottom of the ladder for long.

Kelly Macdonald will also appear in the pilot.

This would be Pitt’s first steady TV gig since he did a 15-episode run on The WB’s “Dawson’s Creek.” Since that time, Pitt has been an art house regular appearing in films like “The Dreamers,” “Last Days,” “Silk” and, most recently, Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games U.S.”

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