Martin Scorsese working on Gangs of New York TV series


Martin Scorsese has revealed that he is developing a TV series based on his Oscar-nominated film, Gangs of New York.

The 70-year-old director is working with entertainment company Miramax on the project, which will be based on the activities of organised gangs in America at the turn of the century.

Gangs of New York was released in 2002 and starred Leonardo Di Caprio, Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis.

The film was praised for its accurate depiction of gang rivalries in mid-19th century Manhattan and was also put out by Miramax.

Scorsese said that there were characters and stories from the era which the film “could not fully explore” and that a television series would allow “the time and creative freedom to bring this colourful world to life.”

The TV series will look at organised crime in Chicago and New Orleans as well as New York.

Scorsese is no stranger to period TV drama, being the executive producer of Boardwalk Empire – the American series which follows the life of a gangster and politician in Atlantic City during the prohibition.