Starz Picks Up ’60s-Era Miami Mobster Series ‘Magic City’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:46 pm,

Magic City Starz Starz Picks Up 60s Era Miami Mobster Series Magic City

Looking back to a bygone era when mobsters ruled the Miami landscape, Starz has ordered ten episodes of Magic City, a new 1960s-era drama from a cable network still angling to successfully rival premium peer HBO in the original content department.

With Party¬† Down, Spartacus, and Head Case already carrying the Starz original programming banner, Magic City will take the period-piece lead of Boardwalk Empire and borrow a page from Showtime’s Dexter, which similarly focuses on the mean streets of Miami.

According to executive producer Mitch Glazer, Magic City revolves around Miramar Hotel boss Ike Evans, whose entanglements with mobsters and even some within his own family complicate a life already dramatized by Miami “dopers, dealers, strippers, gangsters and those who arrest them.” Some TV critics, naturally, already doubt whether a period piece invested so heavily in the Miami nightclub scene can result in a winner for Starz. But if Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s hit series set in Prohibition era Atlantic City, can enthrall audiences, the prevailing logic at Starz is that a show like Magic City can too.

A Miami Beach native familiar with and enamored by the “magic” of his childhood stomping grounds, Glazer says Magic City has the potential to deliver riveting dramatic content.

Said Glazer:

“I was born and raised in Miami Beach, grew up in those swank hotel lobbies. I love that world and those stories…Miami in the early ’60s was a tropical crossroads, America’s Casablanca – the Rat Pack, CIA, the mob, JFK and anti-Castro warriors – all hanging out in the same Collins Avenue nightclub.”

An anomaly of sorts among contemporary Miami-based film and television projects, Magic City will actually be shot on location in Miami beginning next year, in hopes of an early 2012 series premiere.

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A man who knows all about the Miami crime and club scenes.

According to Starz President Chris Albrecht:

“Mitch has created a world populated with unforgettable characters and with a big, dynamic story…The talented creative team that has come together for Magic City will ensure a show that we think audiences won’t want to miss.”

Glazer is famous for his producing and writing work on films including Scrooged, Great Expectations, The Recruit, and Lost in Translation.

Magic City hopes to hit the airwaves sometime in early 2012.

Source: Variety

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  1. The 60s are a pretty good setting, so this sounds pretty interesting. Hopefully they’ll have music to go with the setting too.

  2. The picture at the top looks like a shot from gta vice city,

  3. Wow, the story seems so similar to a book I read “lucky 325″. The book was great with factual depiction of that era told by someone living that life, a side which tells us the reality of what went on those days. I really hope this is based like the book on facts not fiction as too many fictional movies have been made ignoring the human side of the people who had to live this kind of life.

  4. Thank you Starz Magic City for your impeding pilot. The theme is extraordinary similar to my memoirs Lucky 325, Everything is Predestined, Nothing is by Chance. Magic City is “fictional” Lucky 325 is “factual”.