'Sopranos' alum to pen HBO project

“The Sopranos” alum Terence Winter has been tapped to write Martin Scorsese’s HBO project “Boardwalk Empire,” produced by “Entourage” duo Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson.

Winter’s deal on “Boardwalk” comes as part of a two-year extension of his overall deal with the pay cabler.

Drama, which hasn’t yet been ordered to pilot, is based on Nelson Johnson’s book “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City,” which revolves around the now-gambling mecca’s early 20th century origins.

Winter rose up the ranks on “The Sopranos” to exec producer and later in its run helmed episodes of the hit drama — which, like “Boardwalk Empire,” took place in New Jersey. He recently scored the WGA nod for drama series episode, for the “Sopranos” seg “The Second Coming.”

“HBO’s been my home for nine years,” Winter said. “From day one I’ve never been happier working for any network or group of people. They presented me with the (‘Boardwalk Empire’) book and said they thought a series was there — go find it.”

Winter has been busy on two different film projects for Scorsese: the adaptation of “The Wolf of Wall Street” at Warner Bros. and rock ‘n’ roll epic “The Long Play.”

Winter is also collaborating with Gary Ross on an untitled NASCAR project for Universal.

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