Famed Director Martin Scorsese and Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick jagger have teamed up on a 9-part HBO series focusing on New York’s “drug and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out.”
Set during the 1970’s and titled ‘Vinyl,’ the long-in-the-works series reunites the two artistic legends after Scorsese’s Rolling Stone’s “A Bigger Bang” tour documentary, ‘Shine A Light.’ The series will star ‘Boardwalk Empire’s‘ Bobby Cannavale as American Century Records president Richie Finestra, forced into a “life-changing decision” amidst ever-evolving ’70s music scene. Olivia Wilde (‘House’, ‘Tron: Legacy’) will portray Finestra’s wife Devon, a former actress and model. Rounding out the cast will be Ray Romano as Zak Yankovich, American Century’s Head of Promotions, Andrew “Dice” Clay as the owner of a chain of radio stations, and Jagger’s son James as Kip Stevens, the frontman of punk band Nasty Bits.
The series will be executively produced by (amongst others) Scorsese and Jagger, with the former set to helm its pilot episode. Terence Winter (‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘The Sopranos’) has been tapped as showrunner and as writer for said pilot episode.
Aside from ‘Vinyl’ and ‘Shine a Light,’ Scorsese has a relatively long history of music-related projects, including the seminal festival documentary, ‘Woodstock,’ as well as the well received ‘George Harrison: Living In A Material World.’ Scorsese was also behind the camera for Michael jackson’s 1987 music video ‘Bad.’
No specific air date for ‘Vinyl’ has been revealed other than “2016.”