Mick Jagger originally wanted his new HBO series Vinyl to be a film along the lines of co-producer Martin Scorsese's 1995 feature Casino.
The origins of HBO’s new drama series, Vinyl go back 20 years, when Mick Jagger first mentioned his idea for a film about the record industry to his pal Martin Scorsese. The singer told Esquire how the series was. "originally a movie idea" before it was finally developed as a TV show.
"I went to Marty and said that I'd like to do something that covers the actual inside of the record business, using (his film) Casino as shorthand," the Stones front-man who is executive producer explained.
In the event, Scorsese and Jagger worked it into a ten-part series with co-creators Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and journalist Rich Cohen (Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone).
Vinyl is set in early-seventies New York and follows record executive Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) who must adapt to the music scene's emerging genres amidst an onslaught of sex and drugs. The feature-length pilot episode was directed by Scorsese. Bobby Cannavale plays record company boss Richie Finestra in the series which begins in New York in 1973. Former mobsters are cottoning on to a potential new racket in the music industry. Bands like the New York Dolls are beginning to take the city by storm - there is money to be made.
Executive producer Mick Jagger had envisioned a three-hour production spanning 4 decades, made for the cinema. Years on, his idea has finally been realised for television by screenwriter and producer Terence Winter, The Sopranos' writer and executive producer.