A new mafia series is on the way, which is interesting enough news, but it becomes hugely enticing when you look at the talent behind it.
Showtime is currently developing a new mob series that comes from Boardwalk Empire creator and The Sopranos executive producer Terence Winter, Goodfellas and Casino author/co-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, and big-time producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster, Apollo 13).
As reported by Deadline, the still-untitled hourlong drama series is inspired by a detailed chronology of organised crime in the US written by Pileggi. With a plot focusing on the mafia’s “First Family,” the narrative will encompass the country’s history of corruption.
The series will be written by Winter, whose writing credits also include Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which earned him an Oscar nomination. Pileggi began his career in journalism and authored a number of non-fiction books, including Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family and Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas, both of which Scorsese took to the screen as Goodfells and Casino, respectively. Pileggi also had executive producer credits on Ridley Scott’s American Gangster and Scorsese’s The Irishman.
With this pedigree behind it, fingers firmly crossed what’s developed here is even remotely close to Sopranos special. Speaking of Sopranos, the show’s movie prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, starring Michael Gandolfini (James Gandolfini’s real-life son) as a younger Tony Soprano, will be hitting cinemas sometime in 2021.