According to Variety, Owen Wilson will be coming to TV with a period drama titled Wonder World. The series will be set in the early 1980s, following a group of FBI agents who attempt a bust on the Mob-controlled pornography industry. Wonder World is just the latest of Starz’s coming onslaught of original programming, along with a Michael Bay pirate series and a drama from 50 Cent. The project will be written and produced by former Law and Order writers Rene Balcer and Fred Lerner, along with Regina Lee and Wilson. The series will center on two of the agents as they go undercover to bust the waning Mob from the inside. Inspired by a real-life case, the show will dive into the seedier aspects of the era.
As we all know from the back half of Boogie Nights, the ’80s is when the porn industry stopped being all fun and games, and really got dark. This is surprisingly heavy subject matter for Wilson, who usually tends towards quirky indies like those he writes and produces with Wes Anderson, or outright comedies. But Starz is known not only for taking on strong subject matter, but showing in uncompromising detail, be that lurid sex or graphic violence. And judging from the premise, this series is sure to have both.