If you were to ask me what the ultimate great television project of all time would be, I could not do better than this:
David Simon, creator of “The Wire,” said he would love to make a television series about the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the collective name for the roughly 2,800 U.S. volunteers who fought on the side of the Republic during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War to help fight fascism.
“I have tried, without success, to interest U.S. producers in the story of these guys who fought in Spain,” Simon told reporters in Barcelona, where he is attending the “Serializados” festival.
A David Simon series on the Lincoln Brigade. Oh. My. God. I mean, really, how could this not be the greatest thing in known human history. Unfortunately, idiot producers don’t understand the need to target the demographic of me in making decisions. But this looks pretty good too.
He is now ready to start filming the first season of “The Deuce,” a series on the pornography industry that grew up in New York in the 1970s and ‘80s, a project that didn’t come naturally to Simon.
“I am a married man, with children. I don’t like to talk about porn,” he said.
His interest was piqued, however, after he heard the “fascinating” story of twins – played in the series by James Franco – who were part of the first generation in the porn industry that “came out of nothing” and contributed to the “transformation of sexuality” in our society, Simon said.