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Miramax, Scorsese to Develop ‘Gangs of New York’ TV Series

28 Mar, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Miramax March 28 said it is partnering with Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese to develop a scripted TV series based on his 2002 movie, Gangs of New York, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Miramax, which originally released the movie theatrically about rival gangs in the Big Apple in the mid 1800s, said the series would draw from the “multitude of events” surrounding organized gangs at the turn of the century, not only in New York but in other cities such as Chicago and New Orleans.

“A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life,” Scorsese said in a statement.

Founded in 1979 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Miramax earlier this year signed digital distribution deals with Antenna 3, a Spanish-based multiplatform entertainment distributor, and Demand Holdings, a Chinese VOD service. Miramax also has a physical media distribution agreement with Lionsgate.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the “Gangs of New York” series is earmarked for premium channel TV, subscription video-on-demand or the networks.

The Miramax library holds more than 700 films, including Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, Kill Bill Volume I and II, Life Is Beautiful, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot.


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