Martin Scorsese is working on a TV adaptation of Gangs Of New York.
The original film, released in 2002, was set in New York in the mid-19th century, and starred Leonardo Di Caprio as Amsterdam Vallon and Daniel Day-Lewis as local villain Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting.
Scorsese is, reports Variety, teaming with Miramax to develop the film into a TV series, with the planned project following the story of the film and drawing on events surrounding organised gangs at the turn of the 20th century and shortly thereafter. The action won’t be confined to New York, either, with storylines expected to cover other cities, including Chicago. The ‘Windy City’ in Illnois is the setting of Scorsese’s current TV series Boardwalk Empire, perhaps making the planned Gangs Of New York show its de-facto prequel.
Scorsese said 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 colourful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life.”
Miramax chairman Richard Nanula said: “No one better exemplifies what the new Miramax is and will be better than Martin Scorsese. His dedication to quality and the art of storytelling continues to excite everyone that works with him and watches his films and television programs. We could not think of a better partner for this project than the creator of the wonderful film on which it is based.”
Gangs Of New York was released in December 2002 and took around £150million at the box office. It was nominated for 10 Oscars.