AMC is the cable station that was once an underdog, but is now home to some of the most popular dramas on television today. Deadline reports that AMC is currently developing a TV series based off the book and film “Goodfellas.” Fans are hesitant to get excited at this point, but there’s a few factors pointing to success for the show.
The first favorable point is Nicholas Pileggi is co-writing the script. This is the same writer who wrote the screenplay from Martin Scorsese’s best seller. Though Jorge Zamacona is assisting with the weekly script, Pileggi is responsible for the original work that helped earn the 1990 film six Oscar nominations. This means the dialogue will be close to that of the movie and most importantly- accurate.
Secondly, AMC doesn’t mess around. “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” are just two of the successful shows airing on AMC at the moment. These shows have a different plot and were not adapted from such a prominent film, but AMC only airs quality programming. Mob series seem to be making a comeback, there’s been no big hit since HBO’s “The Sopranos,” so it’s only appropriate that AMC jump on the bandwagon with the biggest show of all.
The biggest downfall of the show will be who is cast in the different roles. Perhaps the show will feature a new generation of mobsters, so no one has to fill the shoes of Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci or Ray Liotta. It goes without saying these actors would not reclaim their roles, though cameos would be ideal for fans.
There’s no word on when the show will appear on the schedule, it’s currently only in the developmental stage.