Tuesday, August 23, 2016
THE DEPARTED Heads To Amazon For Series Development
Amazon is adding more reasons for consumers to get in on its content. Sources have confirmed the active developement of a new television series reimagining Martin Scorsese's 2006 hit film, The Departed, Amazon Studios, Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. TV.
Executive producer Jason Richman (Detroit 1-8-7) is providing the script that will see the Chicago-set story of two cops on the opposite sides of the law, unknowingly tasked to infiltrate each other in the wake of an investigation into a Latino gang. The show takes its notes from Scorsese's own testosterone-driven Irish mob narrative which, in turn, is also in handed down from Alan Mak's iconic 2002 Hong Kong crime pic, Infernal Affairs. Both films went onto become respective commercial and critically acclaimed hits while winning several accolades with the latter ultimately advancing into a trilogy through 2003.
Also executive producing are Roy Lee, Michael Connolly, Graham King, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Sarah Esberg, Tripp Vinson, Doug Davison, and Gianni Nunnari. Casting details are yet to be ironed out but clearly this calls for a revisit of Mak's and Scorsese's films before then.