Since the dawn of the new year, it’s been hard to keep up with all the film talent HBO was luring to the channel for various projects. Michael Mann is directing a pilot for Luck from Deadwood creator David Milch. Charlize Theron and David Fincher are teaming for the serial killer series Mind Hunter. Russell Crowe and Maria Bello are set to star in Emergency Sex from Slumdog Millionaire scripter Simon Beaufoy. Zooey Deschanel will headline a series adaptation of I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie. And most recently HBO acquired the Todd Haynes miniseries adaptation of Mildred Pierce with none other than Kate Winslet attached to star. Plus miniseries The Pacific, which counts Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks among its producers, will begin a ten-week run on March 14th and the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot for Boardwalk Empire starring Steve Buscemi is set to air later in the year.
But they’re not done just yet. The Hollywood Reporter announced that recent Oscar-nominee (and soon-to-be Oscar-winner) Kathryn Bigelow will direct the pilot for The Miraculous Year from a screenplay by John Logan. Details after the break.
Logan himself has a pretty impressive resume, having written Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, and Any Given Sunday as well as Oscar-nominated screenplays for The Aviator and Gladiator. But the real coup here is Bigelow given here hyperbolic critical stature as of late. For her work on The Hurt Locker, she recently became the first female ever to win the Directors Guild Award for feature film, and his a heavy favorite for Best Director come Oscar Sunday. When her career wasn’t quite at the heights it is today, Bigelow did dabble in television work, having directed an episode of Karen Sisco as well several chapters of Homicide: Life on the Street from HBO alum David Simon. Perhaps if dreams do come true, she’ll find time to direct an episode or two of Simon’s Treme, his series follow-up to the beyond-words The Wire.
Year is said to examine “a New York family as seen through the lens of a charismatic, self-destructive Broadway composer.” Brief enough to not be very informative, but unique enough to sound appropriate for HBO. Up next for Bigelow is the action-adventure Triple Frontier, which will reunite her with Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal for the feature set in a border zone of South America known as “la triple frontera”, an area with heavy ties to organized crime. But I for one hope that Miraculous Year will ignite a long and beautiful relationship between HBO and the female auteur.