Times Square Porn Industry the Subject of New HBO Project by David Simon

Posted on: June 19th, 2015 at 5:20 am by
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Fans of smutty city history and The Wire will treasure this news. Prolific screenwriter David Simon is developing a new show for HBO about the porn industry with frequent collaborator George Pelecanos. Aptly dubbed The Deuce (nickname of yore for 42nd Street), the potential show (it’s still in an early phase) will “chronicle the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Time Square from the early 1970s to mid-1980s.”

Here’s a snippet from the Hollywood Reporter about the genesis of the intriguing project:

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Simon acknowledges that he and Pelecanos were hesitant to take on the project when they first heard from one of their Tremelocation managers, who’d been researching the life of a man who had been one of the mob fronts on 42nd Street during that era. “He said, ‘You’ve got to hear the guy’s stories,’” Simon recalls. “George and I looked at each other and said, ‘I don’t wanna make a porn show. … I’m married with kids and lawn furniture. I don’t want to go there, man. That’s dark.’”

Curiosity got the best of them, however, and Simon and Pelecanos agreed to meet with the subject. When he and his stories were indeed fascinating, the pair decided to continue exploring that world. As is always the case with Simon, a longtime journalist turned showrunner, that process entailed heavy research.

The Deuce has been in the works for some time, and there is currently no timetable for the pilot.

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