Today, The Wire is viewed as one of the greatest television shows ever made. But is the show we saw on HBO the same as the one creator David Simon envisioned? Actually, it pretty much is.
David Simon’s original pitch for The Wire has made its way onto the internet, and it’s pretty spectacular. In it, Simon gives a broad overview of what the show will be, the characters on it and he gives a short script for the first three episodes of the show.
Simon describes the show as “a police procedural set in the drug culture of an American rust-belt city, a cops-and-players story that exists within the same vernacular as other television fare.” He also discusses how he wants each season of the show to be a “standalone journey” with new focuses on different issues affecting America. Basically, his vision for the show is pretty similar to what he ended up making.
Heck, even many of the characters in his original pitch are the same as the show. Greggs, Daniels, Bunk, Lester, Bubbles, Omar and many others eventually end up pretty much exactly in the pitch as they are on the show.
There are a few differences. For instance, Stringer Bell’s original name was “Stringy Bell,” which honestly was a good change. And McNulty’s original name was going to be “McCardle,” which also doesn’t sound quite as good.
You can check out the entire pitch here. It’s definitely an interesting read for Wire super fans.