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Sopranos creator going Hollywood for HBO

HBO and David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, will be re-teaming for a miniseries about Hollywood's vintage big shots.

Titled A Ribbon of Dreams, the multi-part saga begins in 1913 and follows the cinematic adventures of a college-educated engineer and a "cowboy with a violent past," says HBO. Their unlikely partnership makes them both pioneers and powers in the formative film industry. Real-life Hollywood biggies, including D.W. Griffith, John Wayne, John Ford, Bette Davis, Raoul Walsh and Billy Wilder, also will be portrayed.

There's no length yet, and the cast is yet to be announced. But a lot of time will be covered, from 1913 through the "golden era of talkies and the studio system, to the auteur movement to television, and finally to the present day," according to HBO publicity materials.

Says HBO programming group president Michael Lombardo, "The epic scope of this miniseries will provide the perfect setting for his (Chase's) remarkable creative gifts."

The title is from Orson Welles' description of filim as "a ribbon of dreams."