Gangs of New York is heading to the small screen.
Martin Scorsese and Miramax are teaming to develop a television adaptation of his Oscar-nominated 2002 feature, the company announced Thursday.
The potential series, which does not have a network attached, will draw from the events in the Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis film and take place at the turn of the 20th century. The story will take place not only in New York but in other cities including Chicago as the show will explore the birth of organized crime in America.
“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,” said Scorsese, who earned an Oscar nomination for his directing work on the film.
Added Miramax chairman Richard Nanula: “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."
The series would mark Scorsese's latest small-screen venture, joining HBO's period mob drama Boardwalk Empire, which will bow its fourth season later this year.