Thursday, September 23, 2010

Warners Wants "Goodfellas" TV

According to reports, screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi will write a pilot script for a new Warner Bros TV series, based on director Martin Scorsese's 1990 feature "Goodfellas".

"Goodfellas" was based on New York crime reporter Pileggi's book "Wiseguy".

Warners backed Scorsese's film, starring Ray Liotta as real-life informer 'Henry Hill' and assorted underworld characters played by Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Paul Sorvino, with Pesci winning an Oscar as best supporting actor.

Director Scorsese, drawn to the documentary aspects of Pileggi's book, wanted his film , " begin like a gunshot and have it get faster from there, almost like a two-and-a-half-hour trailer. I think it's the only way you can really sense the exhilaration of the lifestyle and to get a sense of why a lot of people are attracted to it."

He saw "Goodfellas" as the third film in an unplanned trilogy of films that examined the lives of Americans "from slightly different angles".

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