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Goodfella And The Sopranos Writers Team Up For New Mafia Series

Goodfella And The Sopranos Writers Team Up For New Mafia Series

A duo of the mob genre's greatest goodfellas are coming together to create a prestige mafia drama series.

As confirmed by Deadline, Showtime has greenlit the project after The Sopranos producer Terence Winter and Goodfellas screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi made them an offer they could not refuse.

Details are sparse at the time of writing, although we do know the series will be based on Pileggi's extensive chronology of organised crime in America, which touches upon corruption in the US as seen through the eyes of the mafia's first family.

Nicholas Pileggi with Nora Ephron. Credit: PA
Nicholas Pileggi with Nora Ephron. Credit: PA
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The entertainment publication also confirmed Winter will pen the script for the currently untitled show, as well as produce alongside Pileggi and Imagine Television's Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey.

This is promising news for fans of the mafia subgenre, with both Winter and Pileggi having put their name to some of its biggest titles.

The latter earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing Goodfellas alongside director Martin Scorsese, which was originally based on his non-fiction book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family.

Pileggi joined forces with Scorsese again to write the script for Casino in 1995, based on his book of the same, and stood in as producer for both American Gangster and The Irishman.

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Meanwhile, Winter executive produced HBO's Emmy-winning series The Sopranos. Oh, and he's the creator, writer and executive producer of the highly successful Boardwalk Empire.

Terence Winter, executive producer of The Sopranos and Broadwalk Empire. Credit: PA
Terence Winter, executive producer of The Sopranos and Broadwalk Empire. Credit: PA

The project marks one of many Grazer is currently involved in, having co-founded the production company Imagine Entertainment.

As well as the untitled mafia series, he is executive producing the second series of Hulu's Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Aretha for NatGeo, an Empire spinoff following Taraji P. Henson's Cookie for Fox, HBO Max's in-development anthology Outliers and the upcoming satirical drama series Filthy Rich for Fox, among others.

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Safe to say Showtime's got some big names backing their new show - here's hoping it can fill the Sopranos-shaped hole in our lives.

And while you wait, be sure to check out Talking Sopranos, the new podcast hosted by Michael Imperioli, who played prodigal mafia son Christopher Moltisanti, and Steve Schirripa, the actor for Tony Soprano's brother-in-law Bobby Baccalieri.

Talking through the acclaimed show on an episode by episode basis, the latest instalment even features Winter himself as he shares some crazy stories about how he got started in the business, how he came up with the many ideas for the show and his experience writing the script for The Wolf of Wall Street.

That should keep your mobster cravings at bay.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: TV and Film, The Sopranos

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]