Matt Damon’s not involved in the project; I just like having him around.
HBO has ordered a full season of “Boardwalk Empire,” starring Steve Buscemi and produced by Martin Scorsese, who will also direct the pilot. In other words, this show is going to be outstanding.
Written by Terence Winter, “Empire” is set in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition and chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster. Production on the series is slated to begin this fall for a 2010 premiere. [THR]
Naturally, it took the Internet .02 seconds to call this the next Sopranos, but I think that’s not a tall enough expectation. People, we’re looking at the prospect of Steve Buscemi speaking in 1920s gangster slang. “We got a new batch’a brown at the barrel house, see? And it ain’t no coffin varnish, neither. Yer gonna need to ditch those glad rags and haul the product back in your breezer. Now dry up and go chase yerself, fella.” CAN. NOT. WAIT.