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Martin Scorsese Working on 'Gangs of New York' TV Show

Series will focus on birth of organized crime in America

March 29, 2013 9:30 AM ET
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
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Martin Scorsese is developing a television version of his 2002 film Gangs of New York, which starred Daniel-Day Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio as leaders of rival New York City gangs in the mid- to late-1800s.

Deadline Hollywood reports the new series will focus on the early 1900s and the birth of organized crime in America, telling the stories of gangs in Chicago and New Orleans, as well as New York.

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"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," Scorsese said. "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."

Scorsese currently acts as an executive producer (and directed the pilot) for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, a period drama set in a Prohibition-era Atlantic City filled with corrupt politicians and plenty of gangsters.

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