'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4 Will Get The Talents Of 'The Wire' Writers Dennis Lehane & George Pelecanos

Television
by Joe Cunningham
November 29, 2012 3:13 PM
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Boardwalk Empire is set to air its third season finale on Sunday, and very early on in the third season’s run it was announced that HBO had renewed the show for a fourth season. Showrunner Terrence Winter seems to have a very definite roadmap in terms of the story he wants to tell on the show, and to date the program has reliably delivered a new 12-episode season every September. It seems that trend will continue next year, and with all eyes creatively on season four, the show has recruited two new collaborators who have a pretty good track record.

Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos are both veterans of “The Wire,” and the screenwriters/novelists will join "Boardwalk Empire" next season, with Pelecanos serving as an exec producer while Lehane is in line to pen at least one episode. Lehane is probably the better known of the duo thanks to penning the novels "Mystic River," "Shutter Island" and "Gone Baby Gone," and his most recent novel, "Live By Night," seems to have made him the perfect choice for HBO due to its 1920s Boston setting.

“My guess is that someone at HBO read 'Live By Night' and thought it would be a good fit,” Lehane told The Boston Herald (via CinemaBlend). “I’m a huge fan of the show so it worked out nicely.” He’ll actually serve as a creative consultant on the show, and together with Pelcanos will consult with Winter over the fourth season outline which he believes will have a lot of open storylines “once the bloodbath is over.” "Live By Night" is already proving to be a hugely successful endeavor for Lehane, with an adaptation of it currently being eyed by Ben Affleck as his follow-up to “Argo.”

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4 Comments

  • Lynn | December 5, 2012 1:16 AMReply

    I think this could only be good for next season. I just finished watching the entire third season over again and I liked it a lot more the second time around. I know of several people and many of my coworkers at DISH who complained that this season was too slow. I personally thought it was good writing that eventually paid off in the finale, but I'm sure that season four will be different. I'm sad that I have to wait a whole year for a new episode, but I will eagerly be waiting with my DISH Hopper since I plan to archive the next season as well on my 2TB hard drive. With this much space I know that I'll still have plenty of room come next year.

  • jonathan | December 2, 2012 10:16 PMReply

    Just watch season 3 finale what crap I'm so disappointed in the third season maybe cause Jimmy's dead maybe lack of action season four better come back with a bang.spoiler alert I thought for sure miky or Elie would have died thought Richard was gonna run away with tommy and his gf nope none of that happened and did Jimmy's mom die never really showed if she over dosed gyp died so stupidly and wtf happened to nelson ahhh season 4 u better be better

  • George | November 29, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    Also HBO realizes all it takes is a moment for Showtime, AMC, FX, Cinemax, and Starz to strike quality Pay dirt critically with a new show. As much Hype Boardwalk Empire gets it has yet to produce a season of TV. That puts it on the same groundbreaking level quality of top tier programming like The Wire, Deadwood, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and Mad Men. It's still pretty entertaining despite having less relevance as those shows.

  • Zack | November 30, 2012 12:44 AM

    Of course, one wonders if it's a coincidence that both of these guys did quite a bit of writing for "The Wire".

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