La HBO è una fucina di idee e progetti praticamente senza fine. Questa volta ha coinvolto David Simon (The Wire, Treme e l’imminente Show Me A Hero) in un progetto dedicato agli d’oro dell’industria del porno, che avrà come protagonista James Franco.
La mini-serie intitolata The Deuce: Secondo Simon “the show will work because it’s a story about human beings, and it’s a critique of market capitalism. That’s the purpose of the piece. It’s a product that didn’t exist, and then it existed. What happened to the human beings that made it come to be, and what was the cost of that? If we can affect that and stay on that fence, and not be either sneering at it or indulgent in it, it will be a worthwhile piece. If we don’t, then God help us.“
“We’re working on it now. I think the scripts are very strong. If it works, it will not be because it’s prurient. It will not be making porn to critique porn. And it won’t work [if] it’s puritan and sneering at the people that were there when that industry came together after the Supreme Court made it legal.”
La HBO ha ordinato a Simon l’episodio pilota, che sarà diretto dall’espertissima Michelle McLaren (The X-Files, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones).
Simon ha scritto l’episodio con i suoi collaboratori di lunga data George Pelecanos e Richard Price e sta già lavorando agli script successivi convinto che la HBO acquisterà l’intera serie.
Secondo Variety: “the narrative is set in the Times Square demimonde of the 1970s and 1980s, explores the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York, looking into the rough-and-tumble world of midtown Manhattan until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence. The project is partly inspired by the career of twin brothers who were players in the Times Square world and became fronts for mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry.”
Nel frattempo Simon ha venduto alla cable tv anche un altro pilota, ambientato a Washington e scritto assieme a Carl Bernstein, uno degli eroi del Watergate.