Dick Wolf, 'Boardwalk Empire' Duo Developing 1950s-Set Drama at HBO (Exclusive)

12:42 PM PST 10/13/2011 by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
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The "Law & Order" boss is set to executive produce the project, which revolves around a RAND-like think tank mission to prohibit the launch of a nuclear bomb.

HBO is teaming with Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf.

The premium cable network is developing a drama that revolves around a RAND-like think tank mission to prohibit the launch of a nuclear bomb.

Wolf would executive produce the project, set in Santa Monica in the 1950s, with Boardwalk Empire writer/supervising producer Howard Korder attached to pen the project. Allen Coulter is on board to direct.

The untitled Korder-Coulter-Wolf project would serve as a reunion for Wolf and Coulter, who previously worked together on Fox’s 1990s drama New York Undercover as well as NBC's short-lived effort Law & Order: LA.

Coulter, who has directed several Boardwalk Empire episodes, has a long history with HBO, with credits including the cabler’s upcoming horseracing drama Luck, as well as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Sex and the City. 

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For his part, Wolf collaborated with HBO for his 2007 telepic, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The Wolf-produced adaptation won six Emmys, including outstanding made for TV movie.

The news comes mere weeks after Wolf's shingle sold a string of projects to NBC, including a firefighter drama from Michael Brandt and Derek Haas as well as untitled drama projects from The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken and former Smallville executive producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

Wolf is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham; Korder is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman; Coulter is with ICM and Jackoway Tyerman.

 

 

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