Martin Scorsese is re-teaming with Mark Wahlberg for a new HBO series about the rise of Atlantic City. The project will be partially based on a book called "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and the Corruption of Atlantic City," by Nelson Johnson. The project will be executive produced by Scorsese along with Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson of Leverage Management. This marks the third collaboration of Wahlberg and Levinson -- the two are also working on the HBO series "Entourage" and a forthcoming project called "In Treatment."
Hollywood Reporter quotes the book's description as follows: "'Boardwalk' chronicles Atlantic City 'from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to the city's rebirth as an entertainment and gambling mecca where anything goes." This is only the latest post-Departed windfall for Scorsese and Wahlberg -- the latter is rumored to be in negotiations to star in the upcoming blockbuster G.I. Joe, to be produced by the Transformers team, as well as a biopic of boxer Irish Micky Ward. The former has any number of projects being lined up, even including one about the life of the 19th century British Queen, Victoria.