Gangs Of New York TV series is in the works with Martin Scorsese involved
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A Gangs of New York TV series is in the works and Martin Scorsese, who previously worked on the movie, is already involved.
According to a new report from Deadline, the legendary director has been snapped up as an executive producer and will direct the first two episodes of the, as yet unnamed, TV series.
The show will centre on new characters who didn’t appear in the flick and will be written by Brett Leonard - as yet any further details are being kept quiet.
Scorsese has previously been attached to a different TV adaptation of the Herbert Asbury book that was announced back in 2013 - this one was set to feature criminals and gangs from other cities during the 1800s but for one reason or another it never went ahead.
Speaking at the time, 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 colourful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life.”
Alongside this upcoming project, Scorsese is also working alongside Leonardo DiCaprio on another new TV series titled Devil in the City.
Scorsese will produce the show, which is based on Erik Larson's non-fiction novel which tells the stories of Daniel Burnham, who was the architect of the 1893 World’s Fair and the serial killer H.H. Holmes.
The series has signed up Keanu Reeves to star in his first ever major TV role.
Devil in the City has been in the pipeline for a while now, after DiCaprio bought the rights to the novel a decade ago with the original desire to turn it into a film.
Following nine years without any movement in its production, it now appears to be full steam ahead with the series developed under Hulu’s watch after failing to reach an agreement with Paramount Pictures.
But even though the plans have accelerated, there is still no set start date for the series. DiCaprio was due to play Holmes when the project was being made into a film, but an actor had yet to be cast in the role of Burnham.
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