Miramax and Martin Scorsese are bringing a Gangs of New York series to TV.
The series will draw from the multitude of events surrounding organized gangs at the turn of the century and shortly thereafter in America, not only in New York, but in other cities such as Chicago and New Orleans and the birth of organized crime in America.
Gangs was released in 2002 and nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.
As waves of immigrants swell the population of New York, lawlessness and corruption thrive in lower Manhattan’s Five Points section. After years of incarceration, young Irish immigrant Amsterdam Vallon returns seeking revenge against the rival gang leader who killed his father. Before long, Amsterdam’s personal vendetta becomes part of an erupting wave of full-blown gang warfare, as he and his fellow Irishmen fight to carve a place for themselves in their newly adopted homeland.
Watch an extended clip from the film when the natives and the Irish meet to battle for Five Points.
Scorsese developed the film version of Gangs after he read the book by the same name from author Herbert Asbury. He had always envisioned this story to be an American epic and will now get to see it more fully realized.
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 to life. I am excited to partner with Miramax in telling these stories.
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For more information see the official press release here.