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Exile on HBO: Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese Plotting Rock N’ Roll Series


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An HBO series conceived by Mick Jagger, written by the guy who created Boardwalk Empire, and directed by Martin Scorsese? How soon can we preset our DVR? The Hollywood Reporter writes that Terence Winter has handed in his first script for the show, and it lives up to the hype of the three marquee names attached to the project. The still-untitled series revolves around a "cocaine-fueled" New York City music exec navigating his way through the industry in 1977, the era of Studio 54, punk rock, the birth of hip-hop, and the Summer of Sam. The concept was the brainchild of Jagger, who initially envisioned the project as a feature film, but there's just way too much potential in this idea to limit it to 90 minutes.

Jagger and Scorsese had previously collaborated on the 2008 all-star Rolling Stones flick Shine a Light. Scorsese has been all over HBO in recent years, thanks to Boardwalk Empire and his recent documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Marty has a long-running interest in the music world with The Last Waltz, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, The Blues, and upcoming projects about Bob Marley and Frank Sinatra also in his prestigious filmography. Jagger's resume, at least when it comes to Hollywood, is less impressive: The last time Mick wrote a film, it was 1987's Running Out of Luck, the proud owner of a 4.4/10 on IMDb. He also crafted the story for 1984's Blame It on the Night, and that's currently sitting at 4.5/10. Thankfully, they're letting Winter write this series.

If Jagger's life is anything like Keith Richards' Life, Mick could just sit back, reminisce about the old times, and provide at least three seasons worth of material. There will be some competition on cable, however. According to THR, Showtime is plotting their own rock n' roll series called Vinyl that also takes place in the 1970's and revolves around a group of record executives, musicians, groupies, and drug dealers. Like Mad Men with a beat. Unless Showtime somehow secures Richards, Francis Ford Coppola, and Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan to develop Vinyl, it's safe to assume that Jagger and Scorsese's show will be the superior of the two.

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