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Joe Utichi contributed to this report from London Exclusive: Exactly fifty years after the premiere of the British spy series The Saint, a remake is picking up steam with a pilot directed by Simon West. British actor Adam Rayner has been cast in the title role made famous by Roger Moore in the original series. The remake, produced by Brad Krevoy, is not set at a network yet. Written/executive produced by Jesse Alexander (Heroes), it is slated to begin shooting a pilot later this month. In the project, debonair international thief Simon Templar (Rayner), a modern day Robin Hood, steals from rich criminals and keeps the loot for himself. A master of disguise, improvisation, martial arts, firearms and espionage and the quintessential English gentleman, he is hired by certain government agencies for special assignments. The completed pilot is expected to be shopped to networks. Rayner was last seen co-starring »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Four years after he left TV producing to focus on feature directing, former Imagine TV topper Tony Krantz re-entered TV last summer. In his first year back, he landed a series on the air, NBC’s upcoming Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and a pilot order at ABC for Scruples. Now Krantz has set up six more series projects at cable and broadcast networks through his independent production company Flame Ventures. All are executive produced by him, with Flame’s Reece Pearson co-executive producing. At NBC, Flame is finalizing a deal for Cuba, a drama written by Jorge Zamacona (Homicide) and executive produced by CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria and former CNN President Jonathan Klein. The project, which will be produced by Universal TV, tells the story of American and Cuban families at the dawn of post-Castro Cuba with an entire nation up for grabs. At Showtime, Krantz is in negotiations for Kings Of Midnight, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The "Goodfellas" TV series will focus on the early years of the characters growing up in the 1960's, by crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi, screenwriter of the original film and author of the 1986 non-fiction book "Wiseguy" that the film was based on. Pileggi is also producing the series with Jorge Zamacona and the original film's producer Irwin Winkler.
Scorsese's "Goodfellas" followed the rise and fall of crime family associates 'Henry Hill' and his friends from 1955 to 1980. Characters included 'Jimmy Conway', 'Tommy DeVito', 'Paulie Cicero', 'Frankie Carbone', 'Sonny Bunz', 'Billy Batts' and 'Morrie Kessler'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Goodfellas"...
- M. Stevens
Actor Rosario Dawson (Eagle Eye, Sin City, Men in Black 2) is also co-creator of a comic book mini-series, did you know? And she is teaming up with Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer of The Walking Dead, to bring her O.C.T. (Occult Crimes Taskforce of the N.Y.P.D.) to A&E. It’s still early days yet, but the talk is that the scripted drama may star Dawson, who will executive produce along with Hurd.
As first reported by THR, the story revolves around Sophia Ortiz, a new member of the taskforce which was formed after the Civil War to protect the citizenry from the evil side of all things supernatural. In New York apparently even demons have organized and are planning on taking over Manhattan.
- Erin Willard
For the pilot, Dawson ("Sin City") will take on the lead role of 'Investigator Sophia Ortiz', alongside characters 'Detective Aaron Cain', 'Detective Mucilinda', 'Detective Jack Faust', 'Detective Annis Lythe', 'Investigator Robert Dospil' and 'Sergeant Jim "Grim" Mettler'.
"...there is an old and forgotten resolution in the recesses of the City of New York's 'Annotated Code of Ordinances', mandating the creation of a taskforce in the Manhattan Police Department specifically designed to deal with crimes of 'occult' origin.
"The primary mission of the Oct is to serve and protect the Manhattan populace from 'magical contaminations' of 'Rogue Ceteri' (other-dimensional creatures) and the 'Tainted', known as practitioners »
- Michael Stevens
Lord knows New York City can be an absolute circus at times that can teeter on the brink of losing complete control. Still, it's an amazing place, but it takes a lot of people to keep it that way. Speaking of which...
"O.C.T." is being developed with both women attached as executive producers. Though "O.C.T." -- an acronym for the NYPD’s Occult Crimes Taskforce -- is still in its early stages, it is being considered as a star vehicle for the Sin City actress.
The scripted drama, an increasingly appealing genre for the cable network, will explore the inner workings of the task force, which was established after the Civil War to make the New York City streets safe from practitioners of black magic, »
- Uncle Creepy
AMC to Bring Goodfellas to the Small Screen
AMC has experienced success with both original ideas (Mad Men, Breaking Bad) and with adaptations from graphic novels (The Walking Dead) and international TV shows (The Killing) and it looks like the network is opting for the adaptation option with the development of a Goodfellas TV series.
Deadline exclusively reports that original screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi is on board to co-write the project. This is a story that is close to Pileggi's heart as the film was based on his non-fiction book Wiseguy. The project will be co-written with Jorge Zamacona (Homicide: Life on the Street) and will see the film's original producers Irwin and David Winkler performing the same role on the TV adaptation. Director Martin Scorsese is not attached to this new version of his hit film.
- emma fraser
The "Goodfellas" TV series will focus on the early years of the characters growing up in the 1960's, written by crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi, writer of the original film and author of the 1986 non-fiction book "Wiseguy" that the film was based on.
Scorsese's "Goodfellas" followed the rise and fall of 'Lucchese' crime family associates 'Henry Hill' and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. Characters include 'Jimmy Conway', 'Tommy DeVito', 'Paulie Cicero', 'Frankie Carbone', 'Sonny Bunz', 'Billy Batts' and 'Morrie Kessler'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Goodfellas"...
- Michael Stevens
AMC, home of "Mad Men", "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad", is developing a TV series based on arguably Martin Scorsese's most universally acclaimed feature - the 1990 mob classic "Goodfellas" reports Deadline.
The original film followed the rise and fall of the Lucchese crime family associate Henry Hill (Liotta) and his friends from 1955 to 1980. No word on how much this will tie-in to the original film content wise.
- Garth Franklin
Things have been awfully quiet since the first announcement, back in September 2010, of a Goodfellas TV adaptation in development. We began to suspect that it might have been fitted with a concrete overcoat and left to sink to the bottom of a convenient river. But good(fellas) news! The show has now been put into development by Mad Men/Breaking Bad cable network AMC.Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote the film based on his book Wiseguy, is officially confirmed aboard the show, planning to write the pilot with Homicide: Life On The Street veteran Jorge Zamacona.There’s no word on exactly which part of Henry Hill’s saga the series would cover, but if it makes it to the air, there’s plenty of scope to tell the story of the Lucchese crime family from its early days in the 1960s to its fall.And it’s not the only »
Go get your shine box because "Goodfellas" is coming to TV. The 1990 classic mob film is being developed at cable channel AMC, Deadline is reporting.
The show will be written by Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote both the original book "Wiseguy" and the screenplay for "Goodfellas," as well as Jorge Zamacona. It will be produced through Warner Bros. cable production arm Warner Horizon. The details as to what era and which characters the series will focus on remains unclear.
"Goodfellas" is routinely considered among the top films of all time for its portrayal of mobster-turned-snitch Henry Hill. It earned Joe Pesci an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. It also received five other nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Bracco) and Best Editing.
So Zappers, would you tune in to see this?
AMC has boarded a new TV adaptation of Goodfellas, which we first reported on in September 2010.
Nicholas Pileggi, who adapted his own book entitled Wiseguy into the Goodfellas screenplay, is co-writing the pilot script with Jorge Zamacona. Irwin Winkler, who produced Goodfellas, will executive produce alongside his son David Winkler.
Goodfellas was released October 19th, 1990 and stars Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr. The film is directed by Martin Scorsese. »
AMC is fast becoming the (un)official home of the swinging '60s.
Word on the street is that the network, best known for its hit drama "Mad Men," is currently developing a series adaptation of the 1990 Martin Scorsese cult classic "Goodfellas." (You know, the mob movie where Ray Liotta stops doing his homework, gets "made" and marries Lorraine Bracco.) Anyway, the movie was nominated for six Oscars — and won one — so it got something right.
In other words, this may be why the powers-that-be are bringing back some of the original talent for the reboot. According to Deadline, Nicholas Pileggi, who penned the original feature script based on his non-fiction book "Wiseguy," is on board to co-write the TV series adaptation with TV writer-producer Jorge Zamacona (who helmed "Homicide: Life On The Street"). It might be worth noting that Pileggi has another '60s-era drama in the works, "Ralph Lamb, »
- Elizabeth Durand
One of the greatest American crime films of the 90′s, Goodfellas, a hard-hitting and stylish flick directed by Martin Scorsese is being adapted for the small screen. Over the past year, there has been quite a bit of information dropped on the development of Goodfellas as a television series but there was no official word as to wether or not it would take off, until now. The critically acclaimed and revered classic has now landed a development deal at AMC, home of three of the best television series, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. The film itself was an adaptation, lifted from the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. For the unfamiliar, the story follows the rise and fall of Lucchese crime family associates Henry Hill and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. According to Deadline, Pileggi is back on board »
Mad Men, meet angrier men… with guns.
AMC is in the early stages of developing a series based on Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film Goodfellas, EW has confirmed. Nicholas Pileggi, who along with Scorsese co-wrote the 1990 film and wrote the book of which the movie was based, is set to executive-produce along with Jorge Zamacona, who served as a producer on Homicide: Life on the Street (and briefly on Oz), original Goodfellas producer Irwin Winkler, and David Winkler.
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- Sandra Gonzalez
We've been hearing talk about a Goodfellas TV series for a while now, but this week we've got a big update on the project that will bring it much closer to becoming a reality. Shows that revolve around organized crime continue to be a big draw on cable networks; HBO is enjoying success with Boardwalk Empire and preparing to launch David Milch's Luck while Showtime also just recently picked up Animal Kingdom. Now AMC is looking to get into the game as well by putting Goodfellas into development. If it works out, it could be a great addition to their well-established line-up that includes Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. But will it offer anything new that any of these other mob shows don't already have? Their plan is to make the Goodfellas TV series a prequel focusing on the early years of the characters growing up in the 1960s. »
Chicago – Big news in the TV world, and it is definitely not funny like a clown. Martin Scorsese’s classic 1990 film “Goodfellas” is officially being turned into a television series. Rumored for the better part of two years, the possibility for the series gained serious momentum about a year ago when Scorsese came on as a producer, joining the film’s original producer, Irwin Winkler, and the original writer, Nicholas Pileggi.
Now, after searching for a home for the show for quite some time, “Goodfellas” has officially been picked up by some little basic cable network called AMC, which currently boasts “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Hell on Wheels,” and “The Walking Dead” on their active series list. The show is now in development for the network with Jorge Zamacona joining the writing team and Warner Bros. and David Winkler coming on as producers.
The show had been pitched a few years back to HBO, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
"Goodfellas" might be becoming a made man again. AMC is developing a series adapted from the acclaimed 1990's film's source material, Nicholas Pileggi's nonfiction book "Wiseguy," about the rise and fall of a mid-20th century gangster. Pileggi wrote the 1990 film adaptation, which was directed by Martin Scorsese, and has signed on to co-write the TV series adaptation along with "Homicide: Life On The Street" vet Jorge Zamacona. The film version's producer Irwin Winkler, with son David, will act as co-executive producers, according to Deadline.com. 1990's "Goodfellas" chronicles the violent, rags-to-riches tale of gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he gets deeper into a »
- HitFix Staff
AMC's got the mob on its side. Deadline is reporting that the cable network, already home to such fantastic shows as "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad", will be getting a TV series based on Goodfellas. Jorge Zamacona ("Homicide: Life on the Street") will co-write the TV series with Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote both "Wiseguy" and the script for "Goodfellas". They will executive produce with Goodfellas producer Irwin Winkler and his son David. Warner »
- Alex Riviello
We first heard about the possibility of a Goodfellas TV series in October of 2010, but since then, no more solid details have surfaced. Now some great news for those anticipating a TV adaptation of Martin Scorsese's classic mafia drama comes from Deadline who reveals that AMC is behind the development of the series with the film's writer, Nicholas Pileggi, and producer Irwin Winkler, along with his son David Winkler, are executive producing the series along with writer/producer Jorge Zamacona (Homicide: Life on the Street). The 1990 film chronicled the rise and fall of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) who got caught up in the sweet life of the mob without thinking about the repercussions. It's not clear what the series adaptation will focus on, but with AMC at the helm of a period mob drama series, I'm hoping to see the mafia with some Mad Men flare. The question is »
- Ethan Anderton
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