New HBO Show Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Filming in Bay Ridge?

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    A Brownstoner reader tipped us off to no-parking signs around Bay Ridge that say filming will take place November 2 to 4.

    The project is listed as “Deuce,” and our tipster suggested it could be the forthcoming HBO drama series The Deuce, with The Wire creator David Simon at the helm.

    This seems extremely likely, as the show — which Deadline reported was going into production in October — is based in New York in the ’70s and ’80s. Making Bay Ridge look like long-ago New York shouldn’t be too much of a stretch.

    The show is about the legalization of Times Square’s porn industry. James Franco will star as two twin porn kingpins, and Brooklynite Maggie Gyllenhaal will play a Times Square hooker. Michelle MacLaren, of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones fame, will direct.

    The filming will take up at least five blocks in the neighborhood. On Wednesday evening, signs were posted on 4th Avenue from 72nd Street to Bay Ridge Avenue and 3rd Avenue from 72nd Street to Ovington Avenue.

    While we were out checking out the Deuce permits, we noticed that the Starz show Power is also filming in the neighborhood, on 73rd Street between 3rd Avenue and Ridge Boulevard.

    [Photo: Laura Leebove]

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