David Chase is returning to HBO, although it won't be to develop a Sopranos movie.
The multi-award-winning creator of the acclaimed mob dramedy The Sopranos will develop a miniseries about the invention of cinema and subsequent growth of the Hollywood film industry, according to HBO co-president Richard Plepler and HBO programming group and West Coast Operations president Michael Lombardo.
The HBO/Paramount Pictures/Chase Films-produced series, A Ribbon of Dreams, will take place circa 1913 and follow the unlikely partnership between a college-educated mechanical engineer and a cowboy with a violent past, who, for a time, serve as motion picture power brokers. They begin as employees of academy award winning film director D.W. Griffith, and then cross career paths with Hollywood legends John Ford, John Wayne, Raoul Walsh, Bette Davis, Billy Wilder and others who gave shape to Hollywood from its beginnings to today.
Chase will write and executive produce the miniseries - which takes its name from Orson Welles' description, "A film is a ribbon of dreams," according to the network. Former co-The Sopranos executive producer and current Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey will co-produce the series.
"For seven years, David Chase dazzled and entertained the world with The Sopranos," said Plepler in a statement. "He's a remarkable talent and we're very excited to be working with both David and Brad again."
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