The Wire creator to make new series about the rise of porn

David Simon’s show The Deuce will focus on the industry as it was legalised in the 1970s

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After dealing with drugs on the streets of Baltimore in The Wire and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Treme, David Simon has another gritty project in the pipeline – a drama series all about the rise of porn for HBO.

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The series (called The Deuce) will focus on the industry during its heyday of the 1970s and 80s, following its legalisation and subsequent popularity. However, The Deuce will also look at the darker side of the nascent movement, including the rise of HIV in Manhattan and the cocaine epidemic that devastated New York.

The prospective drama will reunite Simon with his Wire and Treme collaborator George Pelecanos, with whom Simon was first given the idea by one of Treme’s location managers (who had been researching the life of a man from that era).

“George and I looked at each other and said, ‘I don’t wanna make a porn show,’” Simon told the Hollywood Reporter. “’I’m married with kids and lawn furniture. I don’t want to go there, man. That’s dark.’” Still, after meeting the subject Simon and Pelecanos’ curiosity was piqued, and eventually (assuming it get taken to series after a pilot) The Deuce was the result.

Simon, whose next upcoming project is a miniseries about a housing development called Show Me a Hero, went on to discuss the challenges of making a series which aims to be a warts-and-all portrayal of the porn industry that should neither titillate nor sneer.

“You don’t want to make porn to critique porn because that would be a venal journey,” he said, “nor do you want to look down on people because that also is fairly dishonest.”

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He concluded:  “You really have to land it in such a way where it’s a story about people and it’s a story about markets — about the moment where something became legal and profitable and what happens to people in that environment when markets prevail.”