AMC working on Goodfellas series

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AMC has 'Goodfellas' series in development

Fans of AMC's mob movie marathons can rejoice: The network has a TV version of "Goodfellas" in the works, Deadline Hollywood reports.

AMC is developing a series based on Martin Scorsese's classic "Goodfellas," with writer Nicholas Pileggi, who adapted the screenplay from his book "Wiseguy," on hand to co-write the TV adaptation. (Good sign, no?)

Along with fellow co-writer Jorge Zamacona, Pileggi and "Goodfellas" producer Irwin Winkler will executive produce the developing project.

Released in 1990, "Goodfellas" starred Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta, and focused on the rise and fall of mobster Henry Hill (Liotta) from 1955 to 1980. Nominated for six Oscars, including best picture, Pesci walked away with the Academy Award for best supporting actor.
 

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Sopranos?
Is there still a market for more of the same?
 

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Here's the funny thing about the remake craze - This is as likely to be good as just your random mafia show on AMC. I am neither more inclined to check it out in the first place, nor to stick with it later on because it is Goodfellas. I'll check it out, and if it's good, I'll watch. In that case, why exactly are they making it a Goodfellas remake instead of just a mafia show? You'd think the latter would be cheaper to license...
 

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So, if it does well the first season, are they going to slash the budget and get rid of the show's writer and director that made the success possible?
 

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So, if it does well the first season, are they going to slash the budget and get rid of the show's writer and director that made the success possible?
Only if the Mad Men cast demands another raise.
 

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Sopranos?
Is there still a market for more of the same?
Absolutely.

But I'd be astonished if anyone could pull off a tv series that would live up to the original Goodfellas.

In fact I think - check that, I have no doubt - the original creators of the Sopranos would have liked to acquire the Goodfellas license but realized A) they didn't have to B) they should not. And the reason they should not was they knew they could never have lived up to it and would only piss people off in the process. Chase chose Jersey and not NY for a reason, along with a million other things.
 

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So, if it does well the first season, are they going to slash the budget and get rid of the show's writer and director that made the success possible?

Actually they are combining two shows its gonna be called Deadfellas, mafia zombies with an all black cast.

My uncle is a maintenance man at AMC, so let's just call it "inside info"
 

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Here's the funny thing about the remake craze - This is as likely to be good as just your random mafia show on AMC. I am neither more inclined to check it out in the first place, nor to stick with it later on because it is Goodfellas. I'll check it out, and if it's good, I'll watch. In that case, why exactly are they making it a Goodfellas remake instead of just a mafia show? You'd think the latter would be cheaper to license...
Name recognition alone will sell a shit load of ad space for at least the first few episodes. AMC jacks up the ad cost and the licensing fees probably even out.
 

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It'll be a period Mafia show. Most likely set in the sixty's-seventy's. The hay day for some...
 

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Speaking of which, here's Frank's original idea for the season premiere of TWD http://www.aintitcool.com/node/52526

After The Killing and Hell on Wheels, it's really hard to trust AMC.
 

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Name recognition alone will sell a shit load of ad space for at least the first few episodes. AMC jacks up the ad cost and the licensing fees probably even out.
Yes, but once again - bad show = people don't watch and good show = people watch. Goodfellas or not. Just look at AMC's popular shows: Mad Men (original), Breaking Bad (original), Walking Dead (adapted). AMC is the only brand recognition they need. Nobody gives a fuck if they are making an original or adapted show. People just want good TV.


Speaking of which, here's Frank's original idea for the season premiere of TWD http://www.aintitcool.com/node/52526

After The Killing and Hell on Wheels, it's really hard to trust AMC.
I haven't fully trusted them since they cancelled Rubicon.
 

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Actually they are combining two shows its gonna be called Deadfellas, mafia zombies with an all black cast.

My uncle is a maintenance man at AMC, so let's just call it "inside info"
What's convenient about your joke account is that you're pretty much exonerated from getting booed.
 

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Casino > Goodfellas

The Godfather > Scarface

Gotti HBO-movie > Sopranos
 

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Yes, but once again - bad show = people don't watch and good show = people watch. Goodfellas or not. Just look at AMC's popular shows: Mad Men (original), Breaking Bad (original), Walking Dead (adapted). AMC is the only brand recognition they need. Nobody gives a fuck if they are making an original or adapted show. People just want good TV.
Not everyone thinks like a Jew.

(most people don't even know what a producer is let alone who they are)
 

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Absolutely.

But I'd be astonished if anyone could pull off a tv series that would live up to the original Goodfellas.

In fact I think - check that, I have no doubt - the original creators of the Sopranos would have liked to acquire the Goodfellas license but realized A) they didn't have to B) they should not. And the reason they should not was they knew they could never have lived up to it and would only piss people off in the process. Chase chose Jersey and not NY for a reason, along with a million other things.
It's not a question of living up to it. Any comparison to the movie would be kind of retarded, actually. The movie compressed 25 years of Henry Hill's life into 150 minutes. I assume that a television series would tell the same 25 year story over a course of many seasons. So all the "good parts" of the movie will be spread over several episodes or seasons of the series, with completely different pacing and story structure. I would expect this to be almost nothing like the movie, which had a frenetic pace because it had to. A series allows you to build tension in an entirely different way. This has a chance to be fucking amazing, but it's AMC, so....
 

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I really like Mad Men but think it's ridiculous that the financial hit was subjugated for the critical one. That never happens.

As for Goodfellas, I'm willing to believe in it and give it a chance. More people might tune in for Goodfellas the series whether or not it's good or bad, and if it's good all the better. There's a lot of elements to Goodfellas that could have been delved into more and a lot of historical angles eliminated/changed because of the time constraints of the movie. Hell, the Lufthansa heist itself could be an entire season or two including the aftermath. And while the movie was about Henry Hill, Goodfellas could have Henry Hill as just a character no more important than Tommy or Jimmy.
 

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It'll be a period Mafia show. Most likely set in the sixty's-seventy's. The hay day for some...
I can totally get on board with that.

Speaking of which, here's Frank's original idea for the season premiere of TWD http://www.aintitcool.com/node/52526

After The Killing and Hell on Wheels, it's really hard to trust AMC.
I'll give AMC, an F for the Killing, a C for Hell on Wheels, and I understand why they had to cancel Rubicon. So I'm willing to give them the benefit of doubt that they could make a Goodfellas/mafia show work.
 

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Any comparison to the movie would be kind of retarded, actually.
98% of the population is retarded. Any brand new tv show that uses the Goodfellas license will get cancelled before you can say 'I'm gonna go get the papers'.
 

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Any brand new tv show that uses the Goodfellas license will get cancelled before you can say 'I'm gonna go get the papers'.
Why? People are that protective of Goodfellas?
 

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98% of the population is retarded. Any brand new tv show that uses the Goodfellas license will get cancelled before you can say 'I'm gonna go get the papers'.
I agree, they probably should call it something other than "Goodfellas"
 

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I'm willing to give it a shot just as long as they cast Frank Vincent and every time he appears on screen he tells the other actor in the scene to "go get your fucking shine box" or tell him that he's "gettin fresh".
 

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For you to ask that question I assume you don't live on the east coast.
I don't but I did for more than 2/3 of my life. And I think the people you are confusing as being protective of Goodfellas are the people who are protective of the catchphrases from Goodfellas.