HBO Adds Another Star To Its Roster As Kathryn Bigelow Signs On To Direct the Pilot For THE MIRACULOUS YEAR

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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 HunterRussell 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.

Kathryn Bigelow image.jpgLogan 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.




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  • Corin Prendiville

    That is cool, sounds like HBO is kicking it into high-gear to get some new talent on the channel.

  • martianarmy

    HBO is really bringing the heat this year, and I'm excited. They really produce some top-notch stuff. Ever since I saw Rome, I was addicted, and I'm trying to watch as much of HBO's stuff as possible.

  • thebearpaw

    HBO is the Mount Olympus of television. Anything else doesn't even compare.

  • MCP

    HBO sucks, already pay a shit load for cable then pay extra for one station!!
    Screw that, rather watch something on Hulu or On Demand FOR FREE!!!

  • malars

    I'd rather pay extra and get quality programming than not pay and get dreck. With Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Carnivale, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, True Blood, Band of Brothers and others, they have produced non-stop high quality programming for years now, and it seems that they are setting themselves up for more to come in the years ahead! There aren't many shows out there on any “free” network that can match most of what they have produced of their short time in producing series based shows.

  • Corin Prendiville

    I agree with Malars, saying that just shows how little you know about HBO. You pay a premium for a premium good. If you get joy out of watching low-quality reality tv and soap operas then that is fine; but don't go around cutting down the 'literature' of TV because you'd rather watch the 'formulaic fiction' of TV.

    Also sucks to be you because Hulu is switching over to a paying system, also all the good movies On Demand are in the Premium Channels section from HBO, SHO, Starz, Encore, etc.

    And nothing is free, your paying with your time watching crappy commercials and worse yet crappy televising. HBO shows you commerical-free high-quality movie production original tv-series that redefine what television is. I feel sorry for you if you've gone your whole life stuck on shows like Law & Order, Survivor and The Real World.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Can't forget Six Feet Under. xD

  • Corin Prendiville

    oh and the John Adams mini-series, that was awesome.

  • MCP

    Don't forget Real Sex 2,125, hahaha

    Never said the programing was bad, I said I don't want to pay extra for their soaps.
    The only good show was Band of Brothers, the rest are crap, like Twilight, err Tru Blood, Entourage, Sopranos (rather watch Casino, Goodfellas, The Untouchables).

    Lost, Chuck, Fringe are great shows and so are Sons of Anarchy and The Shield (when it was on). They are not low quality that's for sure and if Tru Blood isn't a soap opera then what is.

    Hulu is going to charge for movies and older TV shows, I do not watch either only new episodes. All the good movies are in my DVD/Blu Ray collection, duh.

    That's the magic of On Demand their is this little thing called Fast Forward, maybe you heard of this before?
    Check your DVR you prob. have the Kardashians, The Biggest Loser and American Idol on yours.

  • malars

    I said “and others”… ;-)

  • malars

    Well, shows on FX (and AMC for that matter in Mad Men, Breaking Bad) aren't really free either. With most cable networks, those channels are included in extended basic cable programming, so you are paying an additional fee to get that beyond the basic cable fee. I can't speak for the satellite companies and their programming, but to say those shows are free is a bit absurd. Even if you are watching the online, you are most likely paying for internet access, so again, not free.

  • MCP

    None of it is free, yes.
    All I'm trying to say is what I originally said, that you have to pay more on top of the Cable/Satellite package kinda sucks.
    If their was one low fee for all the those xtra's HBO, Cinemax, Stars, etc.. then that would be alright, but I'm not sure if their is?
    Internet is def. not free, unless your in Starbucks, McDonalds or other free Wi-Fi spots, but all I pay is the norm. internet fee, nothing extra.

    Oh yea, AMC does have some good ones as well, good point.

  • Corin Prendiville

    There is a package for all the premium channels in one, I can't remember but I think it is like $10 or $15 a month. Obviously these channels are of no use to you if your just buying them for one show, but a lot of people watch several shows and the movies that are shown on the channels and on demand.

    If you do only watch one show you can always purchase the season dvds when they come out, which I often do for my favorite shows.

  • Corin Prendiville

    True Blood has kind of turned into a soap opera, it wasn't one in the first season. But that is because the brought the writer of the book on.

    Lost was good in its first season then it fell into the crap rut all cable television falls into (along with Heroes), Chuck I don't know never seen it, Fringe I've heard good things but I don't know. The Shield is kind of dumb to me, but I know people who like it. Good cable television to me has been Rescue Me, The Office, Parks & Recreation, Community, first season of Heroes wasn't bad, The 4400, Firefly, and going into the 90's shows like Babylon 5, Buffy, Angel, etc (for the most part anyways). FX and to a certain extent NBC are the only channels that seem to produce even bearable television; but when you compare those 4 shows you mentioned as being good to the 1000 failures on all those channels, as a percentage there are far more better shows on both HBO and SHOWTIME than all those channels combined. Entourage is very good and so is The Sopranos, the movies you listed are great movies but they can't just replace the tv shows. What are you going to do re-watch those movies every weekend in place of these tv shows? That is dumb.

    What does fast-forward have to do with what I said? Not all On Demand comes with DVR, mine doesn't. I don't watch enough shows to use a DVR. Also I have never seen a single episode of any of the shows you just mentioned, haven't even heard of the first one.

    Yeah, well I only watch the new eps. of The Office, Community and Parks on Hulu for the most part just to avoid sitting through like 30 minutes of commercials on cable tv. Which to me is the primary reason cable sucks, not including the programming is 90% bs.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Okay, I just got the fast forward comment, fast forward through the shows. Well like I said I don't own a DVR, they cost like $200-$300, not worth it to me. That is an added expense. I'd rather sit through the 20 second commercials on hulu for the 3 shows that are even worth seeing on all of cable television than bother with a DVR.

    Also having to have those interruptions with DVR or not is both distracting and degrading of the work itself. You wouldn't be cool with a commercial showing up in the middle of your movie right before the plot twist of the second act would you? Then why stand for commercials on tv. Its like radio, they don't put a commercial right in the middle of a song lol. They put it at the end of songs, or in movies at the beginning before the movie starts. If TV put 10 minutes of commercials in the opening it might be alright, but if they did that then they wouldn't get any viewers during the commercials and would lose money. So I guess the whole system is flawed.

  • MCP

    Good to know, thanks.

  • MCP

    Ya, Firefly was great, damn Fox.

    All The On Demand programs use the fast forward, rewind, pause, etc… buttons that the DVR would use; at least Comcast does. I, though, do not have a DVR.

    Can't really get into the new NBC comedies. Comedy Central and Robot Chicken on adult swim is about all I watch.

    Also, if you like drinks/drinking, you should check out Three Sheets on FLN (might be on Hulu as well) fun show. Dude goes around the world drinking all types of crazy drinks (Snake Blood, Snake Poison, Snake Bile liquor!).

  • Corin Prendiville

    Yeah when On Demand that is true.

    I don't know I got into The Office when the 3rd season was coming out, rewatched it all on netflix and was hooked. Parks is amazing so far and Community is just alright.

    Most of my comedy comes from The Daily Show and Colbert Report, and movies of course.

  • thebearpaw

    Anyone who says Sopranos is crap is a mindless cunt. Nuff said.

  • thebearpaw

    Anyone who says Sopranos is crap is a mindless cunt. Nuff said.

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