Martin Scorsese is about to help HBO kick it up a notch. The feature film director is bringing his cool skills to our television sets with the network’s new series “Boardwalk Empire.” The teaser trailer for the pilot has just been released and it looks oh so good.
Boardwalk Empire is a period piece written by “Soprano‘s” writer Terence Winter, based on Nelson Johnson’s book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City. The show takes place in Atlantic City during one of the darkest times in American history, Prohibition. That means a lot of classic 1920s rides, big cigars, and cold-blooded murder!
The show chronicles the life of Nucky Johnson (played by Steve Buscemi), the undisputed boss who ran Atlantic City for three decades. The show will also co-star Gretchen Mol, Dabney Coleman, and a long list of Michaels: Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire“) and Michael Pitt (The Dreamers), as well as Kelly MacDonald (No Country for Old Men).
Since the show has Scorsese’s creative stamp, the trailer doesn’t feature your typical cookie-cutter cinematography. Not only is this being directed (and produced) by one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, but the show is being shot by Stuart Dryburgh (Amelia and The Tempest). Check out the teaser below and notice the use of red throughout the entire clip. It really highlights the theme of the entire show.
I won’t keep you reading anymore, enjoy!
Does the trailer for Boardwalk Empire catch your attention?