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Someone Make This: 'The Wire' Creator David Simon Reveals Project About History Of The CIA He Can't Get Made

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by Ken Guidry
April 28, 2014 12:01 PM
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The relationship between David Simon and HBO has been long and fruitful, but it hasn’t always been easy. Simon’s the man behind TV shows such as “The Wire” and “Treme,” and while your friends still cannot stop talking about how great “The Wire” is, it was never a big hit in the ratings department back in the day. His second show, “Treme,” aired its final episodes last December to little fanfare as well. You would think this would sour his relationship with television for good, but surprisingly, David Simon has yet another gem of an idea up his sleeve and it may prove to be his most challenging yet. Unfortunately, he's having trouble getting it to see the light of day.

Simon was part of a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival called “Stories By Numbers,” where he sat alongside “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon, FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver, and film journalist Anne Thompson. It was here David Simon shared his unrealized project with everyone:

“I've got a story that I'd love to do, which I've been working on for eight or nine years, which is the history of the CIA, which would basically be America's foreign policy footprint. But it's 70 years of period piece filming, it's all over the world, there's a lot of CGI. Scene I, Act I is Berlin after the war, in total wreckage. And HBO goes, 'Listen, it was all fun when we were giving him $20 million and he was making 'The Wire' and no one was watching, but do you take us for fools?' They're looking at what the plausible revenue stream with all the downloads and BitTorrent. The window of this Golden Age of Television might have a point where it snaps shut on your fingers, because we're talking like a Hollywood studio. 'Can we get James Franco? If we get James Franco, you can make it.'”

It’s one hell of an idea, but it seems unlikely any network would be brave enough to produce it. Maybe if we all went out and bought every season of “Treme” on DVD, HBO would change their minds. Couldn’t hurt to try, right? Let’s not get our hopes up. [via Indiewire]

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8 Comments

  • Eric Saunders | May 6, 2014 6:18 PMReply

    The best book on this is American War Machine by Peter Dale Scott. No movie has really told the tale, probably because the same guys (social class) who own Hollywood are the guys who the CIA works for. Biggest exception is Oliver Stone's JFK.

  • OGF | May 3, 2014 7:34 PMReply

    This simply HAS to be made.

  • Jiblings | April 28, 2014 11:11 PMReply

    umm, netflix perhaps?

  • j | April 28, 2014 1:23 PMReply

    If you're fans of Simon, then yes, you should all go and buy the DVDs of Treme. I did. It's actually very, very good.

  • Coolerking101 | April 28, 2014 12:44 PMReply

    This story has already been told to some extent. It was movie called the Good Shepherd.

  • Jason | April 28, 2014 7:37 PM

    And TNT's The Company.

  • Jack | April 28, 2014 2:56 PM

    To supplement that, De Niro and co are working on doing their "sequel"/follow up project that serves as a sequel to the film.

  • Rob | April 28, 2014 12:26 PMReply

    not going to happen unless big stars sign up for little pay. it really irks me Simon produces quality series that never get good ratings. btw, how's his '70's NY crime series going? maybe Simon can try to wrangle spielberg to back him up...somehow? might wash off the bad taste of The Pacific.

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