If you loved Gangs of New York like me you’ll be happy to know that Martin Scorsese is working with Miramax to adapt the story for the small screen!
According to The Hollywood Reporter the series will take place at the turn of the century and draw from the events in the film which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Daniel Day-Lewis. It was also revealed that the story will take place not only in New York, but in other cities as well, including Chicago. The story will explore the birth of organized crime in America. Scorsese had this to say in a statement:
“This time and era of America’s history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two-hour film. A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life. I am excited to partner with Miramax in telling these stories.”
This reminds me of Robert Kirkman working with AMC’s The Walking Dead or George R.R. Martin and HBO’s Game of Thrones, although in their cases they own the original property. But still if this is a new trend I like it, work with the people who know the property the best. There’s no word yet on what network the series will air on, but I hope it will end up on a cable network like HBO who Scorsese already has a relationship with in Boardwalk Empire.
What do you think about Gangs of New York getting a TV series?