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Esquire Magazine Terence Winter

Esquire interview

6 Sep, 2014

Winter talks about coming up with the idea to create the HBO series Boardwalk Empire:

We were looking for something to do after The Sopranos, which I was just finishing up. They handed me the book, said they had it under option, and wanted to see if I thought there was a TV series in it. Then, almost as an afterthought, they said, By the way, Martin Scorsese is attached to it. I said, Okay. I don’t even have to read it. Yes, there’s a TV series in it and I’m going to figure it out… The book itself is essentially a history of Atlantic City from the time it was a mosquito-infested swamp until the present day. When I hit the chapter on the Prohibition years and specifically about this guy, Nucky Johnson, I said, That’s the show!