Dear Boardwalk Empire Enthusiast,
The casting of HBO’s dramatic series based on Nelson Johnson’s Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City continues to generate strong buzz within the entertainment industry. Primary roles have gone to Steve Buscemi (Delirious, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs), starring as Nucky Johnson; Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting, No Country for Old Men); Michael Pitt (Funny Games, Delirious, Dawson’s Creek); Vincent Piazza (Rocket Science, The Sopranos); and Michael Shannon (2008 Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor, Revolutionary Road).
The series is being produced for HBO by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Scorsese, with a pilot teleplay by Sopranos writer/producer Terence Winter based on Johnson’s 2002 historical exposé. It is widely speculated that Scorsese will direct the pilot, which would mark his first non-documentary television foray since 1986 when he directed an episode of Amazing Stories. Scorsese’s feature film Ashecliffe (formerly Shutter Island), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is currently in post-production and it is expected that Boardwalk Empire will be next up for the director.
On the publishing side, Plexus Publishing, Inc. has announced a September 2009 release date for its general trade paperback edition of Boardwalk Empire. The original 2002 edition is currently available from Barnes and Noble and Plexus but will be declared out of print by the publisher prior to the release of its trade edition.
Author Nelson Johnson’s next book, to be published by Plexus in late 2010, will tell the story of the Black Experience in Atlantic City and document the contributions of African Americans to the birth of the USA’s first and most infamous resort town.
Stay tuned for further developments and don’t forget to bookmark www.boardwalkempire.com or visit Facebook for breaking news about the series.
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