HBO to remake 'Maison Close'

Period drama "Maison Close" will be remade by HBO, it was announced today.

Inspired by "Deadwood," HBO's western that was centered in a brothel as well, Variety reported today that Elizabeth Sarnoff will write the pilot and Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's Leverage will produce the pilot.

Sarnoff earned Emmy noms for "Deadwood' and "Lost," and wrote and executive produced episodes of "Alcatraz."

The premise of "Maison Close" is centered on whores in a brothel set in Paris in 1871, as the women try to extricate themselves from the life.

Producer Jacques Ouaniche will serve as co-executive producer and advisor on the remake for HBO, along with Francesca Orsi, VP drama at HBO.

"HBO and Leverage have produced together some of my favorite shows, 'Entourage' and 'Boardwalk Empire,' and I'm beyond excited that such a dream team has come on board to develop the remake of 'Maison Close,'" said Ouaniche to Variety. "And I'm also particularly enthusiastic that Elizabeth Sarnoff is writing the pilot because 'Deadwood' was my primary inspiration for 'Maison Close.'"


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