David Chase, creator of ‘The Sopranos,’ is returning to HBO to develop a miniseries about the invention of cinema and subsequent growth of the Hollywood film industry.
“A Ribbon of Dreams” will be a miniseries set to begin in 1913 and follow two men, one a college-educated mechanical engineer, the other a cowboy with a violent past, who form an unlikely producing partnership and together become pioneers and then powers for a time in motion pictures.
Chase will write and executive produce the miniseries, as well as direct the initial episodes. Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey, who executive produced ‘The Sopranos’ with Chase, will also serve as an executive producer on the miniseries.
The miniseries will follow the two main characters as they begin as employees of D.W. Griffith, and then cross career paths with John Ford, John Wayne, Raoul Walsh, Bette Davis, Billy Wilder and others who gave shape to Hollywood as it grew from the age of rough-hewn silent Westerns, to the golden era of talkies and the studio system, to the auteur movement, to television, and finally to the present day. A “A Ribbon of Dreams” takes its name from Orson Welles’ description, “A film is a ribbon of dreams.”
Chase said, “It gives me pleasure to think of working, together with Brad, with HBO, again. These are all people who, obviously, occupy a special place in my heart.”
“David is a master storyteller who has once again chosen a fascinating subject,” said Grey. “I am excited for this project as an executive producer, a friend and a huge fan of David’s, and am grateful to HBO’s incredibly talented leadership of Richard and Michael for partnering with us.”