In addition to being an ingeniously future-shocking sci-fi noir pastiche from Godard’s 60s run, and the band who gave the world, and Jay-Z, the perfect song to listen to when you’re at home on a Friday night feeling maudlin about high school, “Alphaville” is now, also, the name of a new TV drama in development for Showtime, to be executive-produced by Spike Lee and Robert De Niro, and possibly directed, in part, by the latter.
The show will be a drama “chronicling Alphabet City’s gritty and tumultuous past before it became the gentrified East Village”, according to the Hollywood Reporter‘s write-up, which is too talkbot-tastic to change a word of. “Along with its growing bohemian and celebrity population that also included graffiti artists, break-dancers, rappers and DJs, the neighborhood was plagued by illegal drug activity and violent crime.”
The show seems unlikely to match the nostalgic appeal of, say, actual Jim Jarmusch movies from the early 80s—or Blank Generation, Another Girl, Another Planet, or Downtown 81; or the New Museum’s “East Village USA” show, Sonic Youth albums, or Up Is Up But So Is Down—but we will all watch it anyway. Well, I will. On my laptop, at Mars Bar.
Will De Niro’s friend and Spike’s fellow NYU alum Martin Scorsese shoot any episodes? He did direct After Hours the Life Lessons section of New York Stories, the second and third leg of the famed Roseanna Arquette Trilogy documenting the 80s downtown scene (the first leg was Desperately Seeking Susan).