'Goodfellas' TV Series: AMC Picks Up Show Penned By Nicholas Pileggi (REPORT)
After a string of critically acclaimed TV successes. "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead," AMC is looking to add another hit to their lineup -- "Goodfellas," the TV series. Tony Soprano, who?
In 2010, it was reported that Martin Scorsese would join the project, along with the film's original producer Irwin Winkler and writer Nicholas Pileggi, who would write the television script. Pileggi wrote both the script for 1990's "Goodfellas" as well as the novel, Wiseguys. The idea was pitched to HBO, home of "The Sopranos," years ago and the series would follow Henry Hill's time in the witness protection program.
Now, Deadline is exclusively reporting that AMC has officially backed the series, putting the project into development. No word yet on the premise of the show.
"Goodfellas" wouldn't be the only successful film to get a TV reboot. The 1970 cinematic hit "M*A*S*H" spawned one of the most critically acclaimed television series in history, "M*A*S*H," which aired from 1972 to 1983. In more recent years, the 2004 sports drama, "Friday Night Lights" got the television remake treatment, leading to another critically successful, although ratings-challenged, series of the same name, "Friday Night Lights." Most recently,the 1993 legal thriller "The Firm," starring Tom Cruise, got a TV adaptation nearly 20 years later. Josh Lucas is starring in NBC's "The Firm," which recently premiered to dismal ratings.