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Is Elton John Developing a New HBO Series?

Image courtesy of ABC/Randy Holmes (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/Randy Holmes (via ABC News Radio)

Elton John reportedly is producing a television pilot for HBO centered around an elite music academy.

Elton is developing the project, titled Virtuoso , along with his husband David Furnish and True Blood creator Alan Ball , according to Showbiz411.

Set in 1790s Vienna, the program will follow young musicians in a distinguished music academy headed by Antonio Salieri , Wolfgang Mozart 's nemesis in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus .

A casting notice is already under way for actors and actresses skilled at piano and other instruments.

The show is rumored to feature "lots of music, ruffled shirts and sex of all kinds," according to the report.

As previously reported, HBO is currently working with Mick Jagger 's production company and Boardwalk Empire writer Terry Winter on a series about rock music in the '70s.


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