But would that all change if you heard Martin Scorsese might be involved?
Nicholas Pileggi, writer of the potential television series, revealed in an interview that Scorsese and Warner Bros. are both on board. It looks like he had a good time directing that pilot episode of Boardwalk Empire.
Here's the quote from Pileggi:
"I want to do it, Marty wants to do it, Warner Bros wants to do it. Of course, you can't pick up from Goodfellas, since we murdered everybody, or rather, everybody was murdered! There's nobody left."
Despite Scorsese's involvement, this announcement has me concerned about the show, let alone the concept. Movies that get a long overdue sequel (or prequel) tend to get bastardized. All I can think about is Carlito's Way: Rise to Power. One of my favorite gangster movies is Carlito's Way. The 2005 sequel starring Jay Hernandez as a young Carlito Brigante is almost impossible to watch. Of course, that went straight to DVD, but television isn't exactly the Mecca of quality entertainment either.
There have been plenty of other delayed sequels that not only embarrassed themselves, but also bruised the original. Dumb & Dumberer or American Psycho 2 are other good examples.
Let's assume the Goodfellas television show works and actually gets made. A prequel obviously makes sense - based on Pileggi's comments. The film is pretty all-encompassing as far as the story of Jimmy Conway, Henry Hill and Tommy DeVito. That also gives a plethora of backstory material to play with.
A prequel show could play out similar to Smallville, which has expanded further than anybody could imagine. Of course, this show won't likely find an audience on the CW. With the amount of profanity in the original film, let's just hope it finds a home on cable television.
With a clear end point, the entire series would function to get the characters to a specific moment in everyone's life. If Smallville can get 10 seasons out of 70 years of Superman material, surely Scorsese can find a healthy portion in the characters from Goodfellas.
The best thing for this show is the addition of Scorsese in any facet of the process. If he actually directs, that would be a huge step in the right direction. He rarely, if ever, makes a bad movie. The pilot of Boardwalk Empire was fantastic, so we know he can carry over to television.
Scorsese has stayed busy of late with Hugo Cabret currently in post-production and the announcment of a Sinatra biopic. Will the filmmaker have enough time to commit to a television show? Will he simply reprise his role on Boardwalk Empire and jump ship after his mark is made?
Source: Culture Magazine via Digital Spy