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The Wire Creator Plans Porn TV Series The Deuce at HBO

By Brian Gallagher — June 18th, 2015

The Wire and Treme creator David Simon is eyeing a return to HBO with a new series entitled The Deuce, which is set in the 1970s New York City porn industry. David Simon is developing the series with his frequent collaborator George Pelecanos. The show will focus on the legalization of hardcore porno movies and the rise of production in the Times Square area of New York City from the early 1970s throughout the mid 1980s, along with the seedy and violent nature of that area.

David Simon and George Pelecanos were initially approached about the idea from one of their location managers on Treme, who was researching a man who was one of the "mob fronts" on 42nd Street in that era. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, David Simon reveals that he and George Pelecanos were reticent about tackling the dark subject of XXX fare.

"He said, 'You've got to hear the guy's stories.' 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.'"

They both did eventually meet up with the subject and became enthralled by his stories. Soon thereafter, he started researching the era and the industry. David Simon revealed that he didn't want to look down on the adult entertainment industry that it depicts.

"You don't want to make porn to critique porn because that would be a venal journey - nor do you want to look down on people because that also is fairly dishonest. You really have to land it in such a way where it's a story about people and it's a story about markets - about the moment where something became legal and profitable and what happens to people in that environment when markets prevail."

The Deuce has been in the works for quite some time, but the network decided to make David Simon 's miniseries Show Me A Hero first, which centers on a housing project and the Civil Rights movement in 1980s New York. It is slated to hit HBO in August and stars Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina and new Punisher himself Jon Bernthal. Insiders claim that the network is close to a series order for The Deuce. What do you think about David Simon's porn project?

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