HBO Orders David Simon & James Franco’s Porn Drama ‘The Deuce’ to Series

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HBO is staying in business with David Simon — the porn business, specifically.

Simon’s “The Deuce,” starring James Franco, which is set in the porn industry during the 1970s and ’80s, has landed a series order, Variety has learned.

The Deuce” follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early ’70s through the mid ’80s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence of the area. The series is partly inspired by the career of twin brothers, Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino, who were players in the Times Square world and became fronts for mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry. Franco will play both twins.

Simon co-wrote the drama with George Pelecanos. The duo will serve as exec producers with Nina Noble (“The Wire,” “Treme”) and Richard Price, who will also serve as a writer on the series, which does not have a specified episode order at this time. Marc Henry Johnson is a producer, and “Breaking Bad’s” Michelle MacLaren directed and exec produced the pilot.

Franco is also an exec producer, while his co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal is a producer. She plays a Times Square hooker with the street name “Candy” who is drawn into the fledgling porn industry.

Aside from Franco and Gyllenhaal, the cast is rounded out by Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Emily Meade and Dominique Fishback.

Simon, who most recently worked with HBO on the Oscar Isaac miniseries “Show Me A Hero,” also created the premium cabler’s “Treme” and “The Wire.” Up next for Franco is Hulu’s “11.22.63,” which is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and premieres this February.

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  1. Angela Smitherman says:

    Haters will hate. Get a life. Franco has one. Are you jealous?

  2. 85wzen says:

    Sounds interesting…

  3. Bill B. says:

    I cannot figure out how Franco can fit so much work in between film, TV, stage, books, etc. It’s a rare week that his name doesn’t come up with the announcement of some new project. I worked in the NYC theater industry in the 70’s & 80’s and lived in the Times Square area during that era. I personally cannot wait to see this series if it is done correctly and honestly. It was a fascinating, though ultimately sad, time in our history.

  4. Reader says:

    Gee, not just ojne Franco in this one but TWO. I can wait.

  5. Lisa says:

    Simon is always worth a sample.

  6. kenfurman46 says:

    Franco is a semi talented dilettante who can sell ice to hollywood Eskimos including this tawdry tale about an era that even New Yorkers could care less about. Hubris is his real art form.

  7. Spike says:

    true to the moral cesspool that is HBO, they continue to wallow in Franco’s cesspool.

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