Mob films are generally out of the Nerd Bastard wheelhouse, but we can make an exception in the case of Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas. The 1990 Best Picture nominee directed told the story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), and his rise through the ranks of the Luchesse crime family. It’s a classic mob film and one of the most quoted in its genre. As fan, I’m slightly intrigued and a little PO’d by the prospect of a Goodfellas television series.
According Deadline, Nicholas Pileggi, who adapted his own book entitled Wiseguy into the Goodfellas screenplay, is co-writing the pilot script with Jorge Zamacona and Irwin Winkler for AMC.
Deadline doesn’t have any plot details, saying only that this is “a series version of one of the most praised movies of all time”.
If great minds think a like, then you’d be thinking the same thing I am… didn’t everyone die in the film? This would have to be a prequel then, right? Well, according to what Pileggi mentioned over a year ago, it kinda is a prequel:
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. The part of the movie people often like best is the opening third, where all the funny stuff is happening, and there’s so much we could fit in.
Funny how? (Yes, that was intentional.) Look, the film was a great classic, but is there really any need to revisit this material again? I really don’t see where they can go with it. Plus, it’ll be no where as graphic and profane as the movie. With that said, I guess it might be worth giving a shot. (Or not.)