When Martin Scorsese first adapted Herbert Asbury’s 1928 book The Gangs of New York: an Informal History of the Underworld to film, many fans and Scorsese himself felt that the resulting movie only scratched the surface of the original tome. Scorsese may finally get his chance to flesh out the adaptation without being restricted by a movie’s meager length, as Miramax is teaming up with the director in order to develop a new TV show based on the book.
The new show will be focusing again on gang activity in the late 19th Century America, but will widen its scope beyond New York, exploring criminal activity in the likes of Chicago and New Orleans.
“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 in an official statement. “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.”