I was out with some friends last night and we were discussing what was Martin Scorsese’s last great movie (it wasn’t just him, we were going through some of favourite actors and asking the same question). We all agreed that his Boston-set two-way undercover cop film (itself based on the Hong Kong original, Infernal Affairs) was up there as one his recent best. So felt weirdly topical and serendipitous that I read news this morning that a TV series based on the film was in the works.
Deadline reported this:
The Departed, the Oscar-winning 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, is getting a TV series reboot. In a competitive situation, the project has landed at Amazon for development.The Departed crime drama series is being produced by Amazon Studios as well as Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment — all of whom also produced the 2006 movie — in association with Warner Bros TV whose sibling feature studio was behind the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg.
The Departed series, which marks WBTV’s first major sale to Amazon, stems from Vertigo’s two-year overall deal with the TV studio, which the company inked at the end of 2015. The series adaptation of the acclaimed movie was the first project the company put in development under the pact.
Obviously at this early stage there’s no cast attached, but the idea is a good one – Boston’s criminal underbelly (which has already been the focus of a few crime dramas, both on the small and big screens) is always ripe for exploration.
More news as we get it…