The Wire and Treme creator, David Simon, talked to Variety about a potential Legacy of Ashes TV series. From Ed Burns and Dan Fesperman, and based on Tim Weiner’s non-fiction CIA history account of the same name, Legacy of Ashes is currently in development at the BBC. It looks like the Beeb might bring HBO on as its American partner.
Here is more from Variety:
What would be your next project after or alongside “Deuce”? You mention several in your blog.
Possibly “Legacy of Ashes” [a story of the Central Intelligence Agency. Based on a 2007 non-fiction U.S. National Book Award winner by Tim Weiner]. Ed Burns and Dan Fesperman have taken that. It’s in turnaround at the BBC. They want to do the show. They acquired the scripts from HBO and they are doing the show. We are taking another pass at the scripts because they want us to add a certain amount of U.K. stuff. A certain amount of MI6 along with CIA. The reason HBO was gracious enough to give them the scripts is because the BBC said: “Look we will find some of the funding as it’s a very expensive show as you can imagine. We will find some of the funding and we will get back to give you the chance of a first look, to be the American partner.” It’s gone from HBO leading it and the BBC is developing and they are getting back to HBO when the script’s next pass is done. Then HBO will get the chance to say yes in a situation where they are not bearing the whole cost.
What do you think? How do you like the sound of the Legacy of Ashes TV show? If it is ordered to series, would you give it a go?