Bushy, browed master of mob films, Martin Scorsese might be hard at work on the Wolf Of Wall Street but that hasn’t stopped him planning another brave venture for the small screen. Having already gained a massive success in his top-notch produced series Boardwalk Empire, he’s now planning to expand on his Oscar nominated 2002 gangster gem, Gangs Of New York.
Originally starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Daniel-Day Lewis, who didn’t win an Oscar that year for once (clearly the Academy felt ballsy), Gangs Of New York was an epic tale of revenge focusing on gang warfare in the 1800’s. The series will apparently follow on from the events of the film and spread out past New York and places like Chicago and New Orléans. Wouldn’t Gangs Of America be more fitting then?
Speaking about the plans for the show, Scorsese said “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,”
Ah yes, Miramax forgot about them. Having been the collaborators on the original film, Miramax are working with Mr. Marty to get the wheels turning, with no confirmation yet on which channel will be the lucky choice to air the show. However, considering that Scorsese already has a good thing going with HBO thanks to Boardwalk Empire it feels like they could get their hands on this as well.
What do you think though? Do you think Scorsese is taking a risk working on a TV series to an eleven year old series? Or are you the one of many that would watch a Daz advert if it had the directors name attached to it? Thoughts, feelings and general babble below please.