“The Sopranos” creator/exec producer David Chase and series exec producer Brad Grey are planning “A Ribbon of Dreams”, a sprawling HBO miniseries about the evolution of the Hollywood film industry during the past century says The Hollywood Reporter.
The mini starts off in 1913 and will follow two men – a college-educated mechanical engineer and a cowboy with a violent past – who form an unlikely producing partnership.
The duo begin as employees of D.W. Griffith, then cross career paths with such Hollywood greats as John Ford, John Wayne, Raoul Walsh, Bette Davis and Billy Wilder.
Through the eyes of the two main characters, as well as their children and successors, the mini will chronicle the growth of the film industry 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.
Chase is writing the project and will executive produce with Paramount CEO Grey. Its length is not yet determined, though it’ll likely be between seven and ten parts ala “John Adams” or “Band of Brothers”.