Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi to Create GOODFELLAS TV Series

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Sharpen your knives, load your guns, and get your fuckin’ shinebox because more Goodfellas is on the way. While rumors regarding a television series based on the mobster classic have circulated the internet for a while now, nothing was ever set in stone. But now, Digital Spy reports the TV series has not only been confirmed, but that it is in the early planning stages, and that Goodfellas’ director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi are on board.

Said Pileggi: “I want to do it, Marty wants to do it, Warner Bros wants to do it. 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.” Hit the jump for more.

A prequel to Scorsese’s mobster classic is certainly intriguing, especially considering the wealth of information Pileggi, who wrote the book Wiseguy from which Goodfellas is based, is likely to have.

Since The Sopranos went off the air back in 2007, I’ve been experiencing gangster withdraw. If you ask me, a Goodfellas TV-series is just what the doctor ordered.

Pileggi and Scorsese also teamed up for 1995’s Casino.

In case you haven’t seen the film, here’s the official synopsis for Goodfellas:

Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi’s best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the “wise guys” in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son.

As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a “stand-up guy” by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie’s lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a “made guy,” an actual member of the crime family. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters, who feel that he has become a threat to their security with his reckless dealings.


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  • InfiniteMonkey

    What The Effff?! What for? LOLz!!!

  • Adam Chitwood

    Nice work.

    I hope this goes to HBO. I’m thinking it will given Scorsese’s relationship with them on Boardwalk Empire. A network television version of Goodfellas just sounds like an awful idea.

    • Jeff Ames

      Yeah – HBO is the way to go. You need the language, the violence, and the realism for a show to represent Goodfellas.

  • Anonymous

    What is the point. I love Goodfellas, but why.

    • wrecks

      2 reasons. Brand Recognition and Money. Bummer.

    • wrecks

      2 reasons. Brand Recognition and Money. Bummer.


    I dont mind the idea of a GOODFELLAS series so long as it’s on HBO. the issue though is the fact that Boardwalk Empire just started and its a great show! so if they did a GoodFellas show while Boardwalk is still running, that would seem like overkill of the genre to me. Im down with a goodfellas series a few years after Boardwalk finishes it’s run but I think its dumb if they do both shows at the same time.

    • MRGQ

      Perhaps on Showtime? they have the right to language, violence, sex etc … right?

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