For quite some time, I have taken the rather unpopular opinion that Gangs of New York is the best film martin Scorsese has ever done. I know, I know. The director has many masterworks under his belt, but something about Gangs just clicks with me. Be it Daniel Day-Lewis' amazing performance as Bill The Butcher or a story that takes an interesting turn in its last 10 minutes that really makes you think about what you have seen, the movie dazzles.
And now, Gangs of New York is heading to your television screen, in the form of a brand new series. AWESOME.
Scorsese and Miramax are working to turn the film into a television adaptation. No network is announced at this point, but what is known is that the story will be told in New York City and other places, such as Chicago, to look at the birth of organized crime in America.
“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,” said Scorsese. "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."
Miramax chairman Richard Nanula said that, “No one better exemplifies what the new Miramax is and will be better than Martin Scorsese. His dedication to quality and the art of storytelling continues to excite everyone that works with him and watches his films and television programs."
I am there, day one.