The man who made Tony Soprano a household name will be returning to HBO. David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, is developing A Ribbon of Dreams, a miniseries about the invention of cinema and rise of Hollywood.
According to HBO, "the miniseries will begin in 1913 and follow two men, one a college-educated mechanical engineer, the other a cowboy with a violent past, who form an unlikely producing partnership and together become pioneers and then powers for a time in motion pictures." Here's more:
The miniseries will follow the two main characters as they begin as employees of D.W. Griffith, and then cross career paths with John Ford, John Wayne, Raoul Walsh, Bette Davis, Billy Wilder and others who gave shape to Hollywood as it grew from the age of rough-hewn silent Westerns, to the golden era of talkies and the studio system, to the auteur movement, to television, and finally to the present day.
Chase will write the miniseries and serve as executive producer, and he'll also direct the first episodes. Personally, I'm a fan of old Hollywood stories, so I'm curious to learn more about this project. I wonder who will end up playing some of those famous first stars! What do you make of this news?
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