Oscar-winning filmmaker, Martin Scorseseif sum as executive producer of the television series Gangs of New Yorkof which, in addition, will direct the first two episodes. The director directed the 2022 feature film.
The series based on the non-fiction book by Herbert Asbury published in 1927, follows the rival gangs of late 19th century New York City. Asbury’s book details the clashes between rival gangs in New York in the mid-to-late 19th century, before the dominance of the Italian-American mob during Prohibition in the 1920s. That latter period was the subject of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire(produced by Scorsese, who also won an Emmy for directing the pilot episode).
Scorsese is set to direct the first two episodes of the series, which was developed in-house at Miramax TV and written by television playwright and writer Brett Leonard (Taboo, Fear the Walking Dead).
According to reports from Deadline, the series will not focus on the same characters seen in the film, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz.
Rick Yorn and Chris Donnelly, Scorsese’s managers, are among the executive producers.
The television project will be offered to potential buyers during this same month of October.
In recent days, Scorsese presented the world premiere of his documentary Personality Crisis: One Night Only, which he co-directed with David Tedeschi, at the New York Film Festival. His acceptance speech made headlines around the world, having criticized the current obsession with the box office numbers of theatrical releases, saying: “Cinema is devalued, downgraded, undervalued from all sides, not necessarily the commercial side, but certainly the art. Since the 1980s, there has been a focus on numbers. It’s kind of repulsive. The cost of a movie is one thing. Understand that a movie costs a certain amount, they hope to at least recover the amount, more, again. The emphasis now is on the numbers, the cost, the opening weekend, how much it made in the US, how much it made in England, how much it made in Asia, how much it made worldwide, how many viewers it had. ”
“As a filmmaker and as a person who can’t imagine life without cinema, I always find it really insulting. I’ve always known that such considerations have no place at the New York Film Festival, and here’s the key with this too: there are no awards here. You don’t have to compete. You just have to love the cinema here.”
Scorsese is one of the icons of the cinematographic world, and not only that, he is a red-bone movie buff, so his words have been the voice of many movie buffs from various parts of the world.
His next feature film, Killers of the Flower Moonwill have its premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Scorsese is the executive producer of the Hulu limited series currently in development, The Devil in the White City.