Gangs Of New York TV series in the works, Martin Scorsese on board to direct

Martin Scorsese is turning his feature film Gangs of New York into a TV series with the support of Miramax Television. The show is based on Herbert Asbury’s 1927 non-fiction book The Gangs of New York, which was also the source material for the 2002 film.

According to entertainment website Deadline, Scorsese will executive produce the project and also direct the first two episodes. The series will be written by Brett Leonard, known for his work on the Shantaram series.

It’s meant to be a new version of the story with new characters not seen in the film, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.

Asbury’s book focuses on the confrontations between rival gangs in New York in the mid to late 19th century, prior to the rule of the Italian-American Mafia during Prohibition in the 1920s.

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