HBO will once again try its luck with writer/producer David Milch, who is reportedly developing a new series for the pay-cable channel about a “dynastic New York media family.”
That’s the story from the Television Critics Association summer press tour, which started this week in L.A. and featured sessions with HBO executives on Thursday.
But separately, a Wall Street Journal report on Friday has Milch developing a much different show for HBO than the one described above. In the Journal account, Milch is developing a series about the fictional Mississippi county created by the late William Faulkner — Yoknapatawpha County — for Faulkner’s novels.
The Journal story says Milch is developing the show in association with his daughter, Olivia, and an attorney, Lee Caplin, who is executor of the Faulkner estate.
An e-mail to an HBO rep aimed at clarifying the two stories received no immediate response on Friday.
The first story originated at the press tour, via EW.com here. That story said Milch is close to completing a deal to produce a pilot for HBO about “a dynastic New York media family.” Tentatively titled “The Money,” the show would have a “classic Milch-ian voice,” HBO execs are quoted as saying.
That “voice” is the one that has won Milch many fans over the years for his talent for writing TV shows whose dialogue sounds like no other TV show. Milch was once best-known for his work on “NYPD Blue” but gained true cult status as the writer/producer/creator of “Deadwood” for HBO. After that, he made two other series for HBO — “John From Cincinnati,” which lasted one season, and “Luck,” the horse-racing drama that starred Dustin Hoffman and the late Dennis Farina but was cancelled prematurely after the injury and deaths of several horses.
The report on this Faulkner project does not seem to have originated from the press tour. Instead, it’s tucked into a lengthy feature story in Friday’s Journal about the Faulkner estate, and the efforts of the executor to make money from the Nobel Prize-winning author’s literary legacy for the author’s heirs. Faulkner died in 1962.