Oliver Stone has signed on to produce and direct The Power Broker for HBO, based on the 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Robert Caro. The book tells the story of Robert Moses, the man who designed New York: “At one time was dubbed the city’s ‘master builder,’ [Moses] was among the most powerful men in 20th century urban planning and politics, having influenced New York’s infrastructure as much as any other individual.” Nicholas Meyer will adapt the screenplay; THR lists James Gandolfini, Nancy Sanders, Mark Armstrong, and Peter Gruber as fellow producers. Gandolfini now has a number of projects in development at his former Sopranos home, including Taxi 0-22, Eating with the Enemy, and Big Dead Place.
I’ll confess that I learned Moses’ name tonight, but he sounds like a fascinating subject. Stone has struggled in the last decade to earn the critical acclaim that marked the first half of his career. But if inspired, the director is surely at home in the tale of a man of great power. Stone’s next feature, Savages, opens on September 28, 2012. Read the synopsis for Caro’s The Power Broker after the jump.