We first wrote about Graham Gordy’s forthcoming Cinemax show “Quarry” in April 2013 — shooting was set to begin that summer, and the Times wrote, “2013 might just turn out to be Graham Gordy’s year.” As it turned out, things took a little longer than we predicted, but now that production has wrapped (as of August) and a teaser trailer has arrived, I think we can say with even greater confidence: 2016 might just turn out to be Graham Gordy’s year.
Going by the teaser alone, the show, which follows “a Marine returning home from Vietnam in 1972 [who] finds himself drawn into a network of killing and corruption,” looks fantastic. You can find some behind-the-scenes footage here, and also revisit David Koon’s profile of Gordy, in which he talks about his fascination with the period:
“The ’70s, to me, has always been this kind of amorphous decade that felt like nothing was there, like it’s been kind of undefined. It’s tremendous for film, it’s remarkable for music, but otherwise it just feels like futility. … I’m really interested in what happens to a character that sort of personifies that futility, before we get to that kind of 1980s thought: ‘If I can’t count on God, and I can’t count on my political leaders, and I’m not so sure about romantic love, then at least I can think about me and making money.’ “
“This last decade has been sort of a scrambled rewind of the 1970s — an unwanted war, a really terrible recession, and a lot of apathy and anger,” Gordy said. “We’re not going to reinvent anything here, but there is something interesting about the form of this: having 10 hours per season — if we get it — to sort of explore what happens to that individual … . A big part of this show for us is asking the question in every episode: ‘Am I a man, or a monster?’ ”