Rolling Stones News: Mick Jagger developing a “rock n’ Roll drama” for HBO, Keith Richards talks to GQ

Rolling Stones News: Mick Jagger developing a “rock n’ Roll drama” for HBO, Keith Richards talks to GQ

Oct 26, 2011

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will co-produce a still-developing hour long rock ‘n’ roll drama for HBO. The Hollywood Reporter reports that he and past collaborator Martin Scorsese are co-producing .

The untitled project is set in New York City in the late ’70s, following a record executive with a cocaine habit who navigates the landscape as hip-hop, disco and punk emerge as powerful players in the music industry. Terence Winter, creator of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," wrote the script for the upcoming series.

Jagger came up with the idea as a film project originally, first at Disney, then at Paramount, and has now turned it over to Scorsese and HBO to make into a series. Showtime is also working on a similar concept for a show called "Vinyl." That series dives into the ’70s music scene through the eyes of performers, executives, prostitutes, radio DJ’s and drug pushers.

Mick Jagger and his producing partner Victoria Pearman as well as Scorsese's manager Rick Yorn are attached as executive producers. The project will serve as a reunion for Scorsese, Jagger and Pearman, who collaborated on the 2008 documentary "Shine a Light."

Jagger is also developing a movie thriller called ‘Tabloid.’ He’s also reportedly considering starring in the movie as a media mogul based loosely on Rupert Murdoch.

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Keith Richards sat down with GQ Magazine for their annual 2011 Music Issue, which is out now. It must sure feel good to be as open and forthright as he is every interview he does, even revealing what he does first thing in the morning. This from Chris Heath:

Richards likes to play guitar every single day. Maybe an hour or so. "Afternoons, evenings. Pick around, play some Robert Johnson blues, hopefully make an incredible beautiful mistake which will lead me into another area. I do it for me. You know, I'm a selfish son of a bitch. I do it because it turns me on." (As for the mornings...here's more than you wanted to know about how each bright new twenty-first-century-Keith-Richards day begins: "First we have the bowel movement. Cool, that's that out of the way. Seen a friend off to the coast. And then you see what's on the agenda....")

When I ask Richards what he thinks his talent has been, his initial answer relates to his key role in the Rolling Stones. "The ability to work with a team," he says. "To focus a bunch of musicians...to generate enthusiasm even in the face of adversity." I press him further about his individual gift. "You know, I'm a mere balladeer," he demurs. "A minstrel. I mean, when I consider what my job is, it's maybe an even older profession than what they call the oldest profession. I'm sure somebody sung a song before the first whore walked out there."

Read the entire interview here.



Photo: Mark Seliger

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