'Departed' duo strolls 'Boardwalk'


Oscar winner Martin Scorsese has teamed with "Departed" co-star Mark Wahlberg for a drama series project for HBO about the development of Atlantic City.

The project will be developed in conjunction with the book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City" by Nelson Johnson, which has been optioned by HBO.

Scorsese will executive produce the project with Wahlberg and Leverage's Stephen Levinson.

Wahlberg and Levinson already are in business with HBO by executive producing two series, the hit comedy "Entourage" and the upcoming drama "In Treatment." Leverage and Wahlberg's Closest to the Hole production banner, which produce both series with HBO, is also behind the Atlantic City series, along with Scorsese's Sikelia Prods.

According to the book's official description, "Boardwalk" chronicles Atlantic City "from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to the city's rebirth as an entertainment and gambling mecca where anything goes."

Atlantic City is a familiar setting for Scorsese, whose 1986 feature "The Color of Money" took place there.

Scorsese won an Oscar last month for directing the crime drama "Departed," which also triumphed as best picture. The movie earned Wahlberg an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

Scorsese, Wahlberg and Levinson are repped by Endeavor. Scorsese is also repped by the Firm and attorneys Jake Bloom and Ralph Brescia. Wahlberg is repped by Leverage Management and attorney Jason Sloane.