The Wire Creator Writing Pogues Musical

Creator of universally acclaimed HBO dramas The Wire and Treme, David Simon has reportedly finished penning the first draft of a stage musical based on the music of legendary Irish folk punks The Pogues, who the esteemed writer has consistently referenced throughout his career.

As Rolling Stone reports via Dublin’s Evening Herald, Simon has been working on the script with a view to seeing it produced by Irish theater company, Druid, though according to the Evening Herald, it “will take years” before audiences see the curtains rise on Simon’s musical.

The project will reportedly be inspired by the lyrical content of the Irish outfit, though no details of the plot have yet been revealed. The writer is said to have at one point been working on the script with the band’s late guitarist, Philip Chevron, who died of oesophageal cancer earlier this year.

Simon is a known fan of The Pogues, having featured their music multiple times in various projects, most famously employing the band’s 1986 track The Body of an American during wake scenes in The Wire and lauding the band on his personal blog, describing his affinity as, “Love them hard.”

(Via Rolling Stone)

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