Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi to Create GOODFELLAS TV Series

     October 27, 2010


Sharpen your knives, load your guns, and get your fuckin’ shinebox because more Goodfellas is on the way. While rumors regarding a television series based on the mobster classic have circulated the internet for a while now, nothing was ever set in stone. But now, Digital Spy reports the TV series has not only been confirmed, but that it is in the early planning stages, and that Goodfellas’ director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi are on board.

Said 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. But I think we’re going to figure out a way to do the early years – sort of a prequel.” Hit the jump for more.

A prequel to Scorsese’s mobster classic is certainly intriguing, especially considering the wealth of information Pileggi, who wrote the book Wiseguy from which Goodfellas is based, is likely to have.

Since The Sopranos went off the air back in 2007, I’ve been experiencing gangster withdraw. If you ask me, a Goodfellas TV-series is just what the doctor ordered.

Pileggi and Scorsese also teamed up for 1995’s Casino.

In case you haven’t seen the film, here’s the official synopsis for Goodfellas:

Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi’s best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the “wise guys” in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son.

As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a “stand-up guy” by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie’s lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a “made guy,” an actual member of the crime family. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters, who feel that he has become a threat to their security with his reckless dealings.