One of the greatest American crime films of the 90’s, Goodfellas, a hard-hitting and stylish flick directed by Martin Scorsese is being adapted for the small screen. Over the past year, there has been quite a bit of information dropped on the development of Goodfellas as a television series but there was no official word as to wether or not it would take off, until now. The critically acclaimed and revered classic has now landed a development deal at AMC, home of three of the best television series, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. The film itself was an adaptation, lifted from the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. For the unfamiliar, the story follows the rise and fall of Lucchese crime family associates Henry Hill and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. According to Deadline, Pileggi is back on board to co-write the series adaptation with TV writer-producer Jorge Zamacona (Homicide: Life On The Street).
Goodfellas performed well at the box office, grossing $46.8 million domestically, well above its $25 million budget. It also received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won one for Pesci in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category. The film was named Best Film of the year by various film critics group and is often considered one of the greatest films of the decade, both in the crime genre and in general.
It’ll be interesting to see if Scorsese has any interest in directing an episode considering he directed the pilot for another popular gangster series, Boardwalk Empire. In addition to Goodfellas, Pileggi has another 1960s drama project in the works titled Ralph Lamb with James Mangold attached to direct. That series is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb, a cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff in the ’60s and ’70s and will air on CBS.
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