David Simon, creator of one of greatest TV shows of all time in The Wire, has revealed he'd like to make a new show about the history of the CIA.
Speaking at the recent Tribeca Film Festival on a panel with Beau Willimon, creator of House of Cards, the 54-year-old touched on an unrealised project.
"I've got a story that I'd love to do, which I've been working on for eight or nine years, which is the history of the CIA, which would basically be America's foreign policy footprint," he told the audience.
"But it's 70 years of period piece filming, it's all over the world, there's a lot of CGI. Scene I, Act I is Berlin after the war, in total wreckage."
How fantastic does that sound? Unfortunately, after getting everyone's hopes up Simon was quick to point out why the project is unlikely to ever happen. He continued:
"And HBO goes, 'Listen, it was all fun when we were giving him $20 million and he was making The Wire and no one was watching, but do you take us for fools?'
"They're looking at what the plausible revenue stream with all the downloads and BitTorrent. The window of this Golden Age of Television might have a point where it snaps shut on your fingers, because we're talking like a Hollywood studio. 'Can we get James Franco? If we get James Franco, you can make it.'"
Let's hope that one day he finds a solution.