‘Goodfellas’ TV Series On the Way

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Goodfellas based TV series Goodfellas TV Series On the Way

The Sopranos left a gaping hole in the land of TV when it went off the air in 2007. But HBO has recently set out on a mission to make organized crime a part of our weekly TV schedule with Boardwalk Empire, which after only one episode has already been renewed for a second season.

However, Boardwalk Empire‘s 1920′s Atlantic City isn’t playing in the exact same mobster sandbox that The Sopranos did – but we may now have another crime series that will. Deadline exclusively reports that a TV series based on Martin Scorsese’s now classic mob film Goodfellas is in the works and the writer of of the film is expected to return for the TV version.

Nicholas Pileggi will likely return to the crime-laden world of Goodfellas for at least the pilot, although I suspect he’ll write more than that as time goes on considering how involved he was with the original film (he wrote the book on which the film was based, as well as co-writing the screenplay with Scorsese).

I doubt the show will follow the exact plot of the movie – after all, it’d be somewhat boring if the Goodfellas TV series was just a simple retelling of the Henry Hill story that was portrayed in Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece. But whatever the TV series entails, it already has the benefit of a built-in audience who hold the original film in such high esteem (some people, myself included, even consider it better than The Godfather).

Goodfellas cast TV series Goodfellas TV Series On the Way

As much as I’m looking forward to a TV version of Goodfellas (it’s hard not to be excited), I’m curious to see how they differentiate it from The Sopranos. David Chase’s critically-acclaimed saga of the life and times of Tony Soprano was basically Goodfellas in TV form, so I’m intrigued to see where they would go with this new series.

Will the Goodfellas TV series  just ride the coat-tails of The Sopranos‘ success or be a legitimate crime saga in its own right? Time will tell but I’ll certainly be watching to find out.

Source: Deadline

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  1. not sure how i would feel about this…

  2. IS it going to on HBO or another pay Channel? If not I dont think they can pull off the brutality nessesary….Also I echo the article in saying that the goodfellas-sopranos connection goes beyond just them both being modern day mob tales. Many actors themes and behind screen talent were used by both heck even Ray liotta was considered for the role of Tony(thank god he didnt get it).I wonder if this show can be different maybe even more modern incorporating a type of warring gangs aspect to it as well.

    • Warner Bros (TV) might get it because they handled the film but no studios have been attached (although I’m sure many, if not all of them, will be interested).

  3. I doubt it will be better then the Sopranos…

    Forgettaboutit!

    • lol. yeah, it’d be hard to top Tony and the gang.

      • so ,if it is not as good as the sopranos it can`t be good?

  4. No no no and no. Leave goodfellas alone. The movie told everything it needed to.

    • yep, sure did. :)

      • Why ruin a scorcesse classic!? Damn you hollywood! Damn you to all to hell! That was from planet of the apes :).

    • agree……………… let sleeping dogs lie

  5. Right now I am currently reading Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather” for the first time and I personally feel that the literature lends itself extremely well to a television series adaptation. There was a lot more introspective looks into the minds of the characters more so than the movie provided, even though the film is one of the better book-to-movie adaptations with the film doing enhances the book in more ways than one. I think several great seasons of a Godfather television series based on the the first book and its sequels including “The Sicilian” would be a ratings monster and highly profitable. There could even be a spin-off series based on Mario Puzo’s “The Family” (or even a film), dealing with the fist Mafia Family in Europe in the 1400′s.

    As for Goodfellas, I think it would be interesting to watch, but Goodfellas never connected with me as deep as The Godfather did. It is still one of my most favorite films so I would be keen to tune in but when it comes to a matter of preference I would rather see an series adaptation of The Godfather come first. Hollylwood make it happen!

  6. didnt they already transfer this onto tv? – THE SOPRANOS.

  7. I always felt the Sopranos was an obvious take on, “Analize This”, and “The Godfather…”
    ^
    I reluctantly became a fan of the Sopranos and found it to be very well written.
    Gandalfini was top notch!!!
    The final ep, was perfect.

  8. There is one other series set in the world of organized crime starring Chris Mulkey (Boardwalk Empire), Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) and Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons, Boardwalk Empire) … “Vampire Mob”

    http://www.VampireMob.com

    “The writing is sharp and the jokes are not predictable. …. this well-done Web series will leave viewers wanting more.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    “Don is played by John Colella, and could have stepped off the set of The Sopranos he’s that good. … ” – Pop Culture Monster

  9. Just start off where the movie left off, bring some charecters from the original movie to get it started and and then bring in the new generation of Goodfellas, or something like that.

  10. As long as it’s not some metrosexual WB -Axe Body Spray dumbed down crap with an implausible hip hop cast.

    Could be good with the right cast and creative direction. If no writer or producer under the age of 45 is allowed anywhere near the production it could be great

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