Scorsese's "Boardwalk" gets green light at HBO

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - HBO is building a “Boardwalk Empire,” ordering a full series based on the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot.

The premium cable network has picked up 11 episodes of the period drama, bringing the total order to 12 hours, including the pilot.

Written by Terence Winter, “Empire” is set in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition and chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster.

Production on the series is slated to begin this fall for a 2010 premiere.

Scorsese is expected to remain creatively involved in the show and might direct another episode, subject to his availability.

In addition to Buscemi, the cast of the pilot included Michael Pitt, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Shannon, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Aleksa Palladino, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham, Anthony Laciura, Michael Kenneth Williams, Dabney Coleman, Michael Stuhlbarg and Paz de la Huerta.

(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)