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Red Sox brass make pitch for star treatment in HBO's 'Faithful'

"Faithful," the book about the '04 BoSox written by diehards Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan, is coming to HBO. The cable network is creating a six-part miniseries based on the improbable dream season, which culminated in the franchise's first World Series win in 86 years.

Sox co-owner Tom Werner, who's pals with the miniseries' executive producer Bill Haber, said yesterday that screenwriter Bill Diamond will be in Boston soon to begin work on the project. ( Diamond's credits include "Wings" and "Murphy Brown," and he's a Boston-area native.)

"He'll be meeting with various members of the team to get the real scoop," Werner said.

While the book is based on King and O'Nan's obsessive e-mails and journal entries, the six hourlong segments will include story lines from the perspective of fans, players, and the front office. With any luck, Werner said, the miniseries could air in '08. And if you're already casting the characters in this small screen send-up, you're not alone. Werner kidded that he could be played by George Clooney; John Henry by James Woods; Theo Epstein by Adrian Grenier; and Larry Lucchino by Clive Owen.

"At least that's who Larry Lucchino thinks should play Larry Lucchino," Werner said, laughing.

And the ballplayers? Werner said one wag suggested the role of Manny Ramirez go to Whoopi Goldberg. (Might we suggest Manny be Manny?) Asked if the movie could cause the current team to lose focus on the field, Werner said no.

"Part of our responsibility is to keep the Red Sox brand as strong as possible," he said, "and the triumph of '04 is quite a remarkable story."

Excerpted from today's "Names" column.