THE DEPARTED Screenwriter William Monahan Developing Period Drama CRIME for Starz

     January 2, 2013


The ever-busy William Monahan is looking to dip his toe into the world of television.  The Oscar-winning The Departed scribe is currently gearing up to direct his second feature film, Mojave, with Oscar Isaac and Jason Clarke in the lead roles, and now word comes that he’s poised to delve into pay-cable TV as well.  THR reports that Monahan is developing the 1960s Britain-set drama Crime for Starz.  Monahan will write the script, and the project is described as “a study of criminal enterprises and scandal across 1960s Britain.”

Crime was originally developed as a feature film from a treatment by Vanessa Sadler, but Monahan will take the reins to turn the property into a television series.  The scribe has been keeping plenty busy as of late, recently signing on to pen a remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2005 film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance as a star vehicle for Charlize Theron.  He also penned the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and a remake of The Gambler.