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Martin Scorsese Attempts To Swing Gangs Of New York On Television

Martin Scorsese has plans to bring Gangs of New York to the small screen.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the acclaimed director is working with Miramax to develop a show based on his 2002 mid-19th-century drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Scorsese show would compete with HBO’s prohibition-era “Boardwalk Empire,” which he also executive-produces, and BBC America’s “Copper,” which also takes place in the Five Points  area of Lower Manhattan  during the Civil War.

However, the series would not only focus on the gangs of New York. It would also expand to the streets of Chicago and New Orleans during the same period.

“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 in a released statement. “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.”

This series is likely to work being that it’s easy to win with gangster projects.  This should have been evident when Martin Scorsese won a Golden Globe for directing Gangs of New York, which garnered 10 Oscar nominations. OK, the film didn’t actually win an Academy Awards, but a nomination is still kind of a win – right?

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