Novelist Added to Boardwalk Empire’s Writing Staff
Although the show is still airing the remaining few episodes of its season on HBO, intriguing news about Boardwalk Empire season four has come out this week via The Boston Herald. Apparently Boston novelist Dennis Lehane has accepted an offer to join the series as a writer and creative consultant next season. Lehane, best known for the books that were adapted into the films Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island, recently release a novel, Live By Night that focuses on the topic of bootlegging, which is also central to Boardwalk Empire.
This will not be Lehane’s first TV writing job or his first for HBO. In fact, it will reunite him with novelist George Pelecanos with whom he wrote while on The Wire. Right now it appears as if Lehane’s new position will consist of him consulting with showrunner Terrence Winter to map out season four as well as taking responsibility for at least one script. Lehane explains that he, “[doesn’t] know much beyond that, but HBO is a great company to work for so I’m very very happy.”
I’m a big fan of Lehane’s Kenzie-Gennaro novels, which included Gone Baby Gone, as well as his work on The Wire, so this was great news for me. Hopefully the series will continue with what I consider to be some of its best work to date.