The 2002 film, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel-Day Lewis, focused on the New York gangs that ran the city in the 19th century. The potential series would broaden its scope beyond turn-of-the-century in New York, and examine the rise of organized crime among other cities like 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 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."
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