Copper better watch out. Soon the BBC America series may not be the only mid-19th century New York-based TV show on the air. Martin Scorsese’s epic film about the rise of organized crime in America, Gangs of New York, is looking to make the jump from the big to the small screen.
Scorsese and Miramax announced Thursday that they and GK Films are developing a TV series based on Scorsese’s 2002 film Gangs of New York, which starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cameron Diaz. The historical crime drama racked up ten Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director (and Best Song — is it crazy for us to hope U2 will lend some tunes to the TV show as well?).
The series would draw from the history of late 1800s gangs not only in New York, but also in other cities such as Chicago and New Orleans.
“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,” Scorsese said in a statement. “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.”
If things come together for the project, it would be the second time Scorsese has found success with period drama television. He executive produces Prohibition era-set HBO series Boardwalk Empire, which will air its fourth season this fall.
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