Director Martin Scorcese To Bring ‘Gangs Of New York’ To TV

The epically long and bloody film Gangs of New York seems to be coming to a small screen near you, courtesy of Martin Scorcese. Details after the break.

The land once known as New Amsterdam is coming alive once more as the legendary filmmaker and Miramax are collaborating to develop a potential show based on the 2002 mid-19th-century drama that starred Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio, according to Slash Film.

It would serve as direct competition to HBO’s prohibition-era Boardwalk Empire,” which Scorcese also executive-produces, and BBC America’s Copper, which is set in the Five Points of New York City during the Civil War. The Scorcese/Miramax show would extend its focus to the gangs in Chicago and New Orleans at that time.

“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 press release. “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.”

A Golden Globe was presented to Martin Scorcese for his directorial efforts in Gangs of New York, and it even racked up 10 Academy Award nominations. Even though it took home nothing at all, it seems that placing this epic tale on the boob tube will bode well for fans of American history.

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