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Pollack to head west with HBO

McMurtry inked to pen series

NEW YORK — HBO is in negotiations with Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Prods. for a 10-hour Western miniseries set at a busy trading post.

Larry McMurtry (“Lonesome Dove”) would write a number of episodes for the untitled project, which is based on the true story of a 19th century family. Pollack and McMurtry would be two of the executive producers. Spokesmen for HBO and Mirage declined to comment.

HBO has embraced miniseries in the wake of the solid Nielsen ratings and abundant Emmy nominations it received for the 12-hour “From the Earth to the Moon.”

On the drawing boards for next year is “Band of Brothers,” another multipart miniseries from Hanks and Steven Spielberg. The WWII story concerns a group of soldiers, based on the book by historian Stephen Ambrose.

Other minis in the works at HBO include an Oliver Stone project dealing with the conflicts among the leaders who guided the country through the American Revolution and a history of the women’s movement in the U.S.

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