Starz, Owen Wilson Developing Reagan-era Porn Drama

Oct 31, 2013
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LOS ANGELES — Owen Wilson is developing an hour-long Reagan-era porn drama for the Starz network.

“WonderWorld” follows two straight-arrow FBI agents as they infiltrate the Mob-controlled porn industry of the 1980s, putting themselves and their families in danger, the premium network announced today.

Wilson, who co-wrote “Bottle Rocket” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” has signed on as executive producer of the project, alongside Rene Balcer, Fred Berner and Regina Lee.

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“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” co-creator and Emmy-winner Balcer will serve as showrunner.

“WonderWorld” is one of several period crime dramas in various stages of development at networks right now, such as Ed Burns’ “Public Morals” project at TNT, Entertainment Weekly reported today, suggesting the emergence of a trend.

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Ernest Greene
Ernest Greene
7 years ago

Tis is going to suck so bad. I like Wilson’s work overall, especially The Royal Tannenbaums, but this thing is obviously a typical “Porn – Threat or Menace?” Reefer Madness Hollywood treatment of a time and place from which there are many, many surviving witnesses, self included. While no one disputes that mob money funded the legal porn business in the beginning, a good ten years before the period setting of this film, by the 1980s it had already begun its evolution toward traditional corporate ownership. Reuben Sturman was already up on tax charges and only a few small, marginal… Read more »

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