HBO is getting in business with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorcese on a brand new series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has greenlit the pilot Boardwalk Empire to series.
The network has placed an order for 11 additional episodes, bringing the first season to 12 episodes, including the pilot. Martin Scorcese directed the pilot, which was written by Terrence Winter. Scorcese will also executive produce the series with Winter, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Tim Van Patten.
The story is set in the 1920s, just before Prohibition is enacted, and follows the life of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who was the unofficial ruler of Atlantic City in that era. The pilot also featured Michael Pitt, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Shannon, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Aleksa Palladino, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham, Anthony Laciura, Michael Kenneth Williams, Dabney Coleman, Michael Stuhlbarg and Paz de la Huerta.
It was said that Scorcese would be actively involved in the new series, and may even direct another episode of the first season, if his schedule allows.