GANGS OF NEW YORK Getting TV Treatment

TV adaptation in the works.

Martin Scorsese has revealed that he is teaming up with Miramax to develop a television series based on his Oscar-nominated historical drama, ‘Gangs of New York.’

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Daniel-Day Lewis, the 2002 film focused on early confrontations between rival gangs in New York in the mid to late 1800’s. 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.

“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 colourful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life,” said Scorsese in a statement.

Miramax chairman Richard Nanula added: “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.”