Call it ignorance, but I've been under the impression that Mick Jagger has always been about the music, only making occasional forays across the music/movie border for bizarre disasters like Freejack. Actually, the man's been involved with films, either as cast or soundtrack artist, since 1968 and even has his own production company, Jagged Films. Well, if the info in this report from Deadline pans out then Jagger could be back in the game with an awesome-sounding HBO period drama called The History of Music. His partners in the endeavor: director Martin Scorsese and Sopranos writer Terence Winter.
Jagger has apparently been trying to get this project made for years now, first approaching Disney, then going to Paramount three years back where the series looked like it might be greenlighted. The idea has sat around since then, even having Scorsese attached, but it wasn't until recently that HBO has tried to strike an agreement with Paramount to produce the thing. The show sounds like a hybrid drama-documentary that will follow two friends in the music industry from the R&B era of the '50s to the rise of hip-hop. Along with Boardwalk Empire and Luck, if this series actually happens, HBO is really setting themselves up as the kings of premium cable dramas in at least scope and ambition. Let's hope that Showtime, Starz and the rest of the competition turn their programming up to eleven to compensate.