*Cable network Starz is developing the jazz drama “Storyville,” from film and theater writer-director George C. Wolfe.
It’s based on an original idea by Wolfe, who won three Tony Awards for 1992’s Broadway musical Jelly’s Last Jam‚ which followed jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton whose career began in the so-called Storyville district.
Wolfe will pen the script and direct, with Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment on board to produce, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’re glad to be working in partnership again with Colin Callender and Playground Entertainment on this series and with one of Broadway’s most respected producers and directors, George C. Wolfe, for the first time. His love and expertise in this particular world will allow us to take viewers back to turn-of-the-century New Orleans during the birth of jazz in the midst of profound corruption,” said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik.
Wolfe’s theater credits include directing Nora Ephron’s Tony-nominated Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut, and winning a Tony for his work on Angels in America, which was adapted at HBO.