A television version of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas is reportedly in the works.
According to Deadline, the original screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi is on board and likely to pen the pilot at the very least.
The series would once again draw on the story of real-life gangster Henry Hill. Hill’s testimony during court hearings in which he gave evidence against his former partners in crime gave the screenplay its remarkable depth and detail:
“In Goodfellas, Henry Hill opened up and gave up everything,” Pileggi has said. “He had the pressure of testifying under oath and, if they caught him in a lie, he was going to prison and he’d have been dead in 10 minutes. I was just lucky enough to be like a stenographer as this guy talked about what it was like to want to be gangster. You could never have made that stuff up.”
Helmer Martin Scorsese is not expected to return to helm the project.