Miramax has announced that they will be working with director Martin Scorsese to develop a television show based on his 2002 film Gangs of New York. The film, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, was nominated for ten academy awards, including Best Picture, and for my money is one of the best films ever made.
The series would draw on events which took place in the film, and will take place at the turn of the 20th century. The series will, of course, be set partly in New York, but it will also encompass other cities like Chicago and the rise of organized crime in America.
Scorsese said on the project:
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.
There is no network attached to the Gangs of New York TV show yet, but if the show maintains elements from the movie like violence nudity and language it may end up on a premium cable network such as HBO. Martin Scorsese already produces one historical crime drama that airs on HBO, Boardwalk Empire, and it isn’t out of the question to think a Gangs of New York show may end up there as well.