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Dick Wolf, HBO Team Up on 'Wounded Knee'

In their first collaboration, "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf has teamed with HBO to develop a movie about the plight of American Indians during the 19th century.

The HBO Films project is based on the best-selling book "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West," by Dee Brown.

The nonfiction book, first published in 1970, is an account of how the American Indians were displaced as the U.S. expanded west. Specifically, the book uses council records, firsthand accounts and other resources to tell the saga of the American Indian during the latter half of the 19th century, including the battles, massacres and broken treaties.

Wolf is executive producing "Wounded Knee" with Tom Thayer. Yves Simoneau is attached to direct, while Daniel Giat is the writer.

A spokeswoman for Wolf Films said the company doesn't comment on projects in development.

Wolf's "Law & Order" has been nominated for a drama series Emmy 11 times, taking home the award in 1997. He also was nominated for an Emmy for drama series writing for NBC's "Hill Street Blues."

Wolf is repped by UTA and attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie at Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman, Cook, Johnson, Lande & Wolf.

Thayer's credits include executive producing the A&E Network movie "Faith of My Fathers" and the USA Network series "Kojak."

Simoneau, repped by Endeavor, directs the upcoming ESPN movie "Ruffian." Other credits include the pilot of USA's "The 4400," which earned him an Emmy nomination for his role as producer.

Giat was nominated for an Emmy for writing HBO's "Path to War." He is repped by UTA, Fuse Entertainment and attorney Linda Lichter at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler.

Kimberly Nordyke writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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