Gangs Of New York: Series Adaptation In Development At Miramax, Martin Scorsese To Executive Produce And Direct

Deadline is exclusively reporting that a series adaptation of Herbert Asbury's 1927 novel The Gangs of New York is in development at Miramax Television, with Martin Scorsese attached to executive producer and potentially direct two episodes.

Deadline is exclusively reporting that a series adaptation of Herbert Asbury’s 1927 novel The Gangs of New York is in development at Miramax Television, with Martin Scorsese attached to executive producer and potentially direct two episodes.

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Asbury’s novel details the confrontations between rival gangs in New York in the mid- to late-1800s.

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A film adaptation, which Scorsese directed, was released in 2002, with the synopsis being as follows:

It’s 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.

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The reporter states that they believe the series adaptation will feature new characters that were not featured in the film. The film version starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz, to name a few.

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The report also states that Martin Scorsese responded to the script written by playwright & TV writer Brett Leonard, which had been developed internally at Miramax TV, and came on board the project. Also serving as executive producers are Leonard and Scorsese’s managers Rick Yorn and Chris Donnelly.

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The project will be presented to buyers later this month.