‘Goodfellas’ Muscles In On AMC

Martin Scorsese's epic film is being turned into a TV series by the network behind "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Around the time that "Boardwalk Empire" debuted on HBO in 2010, word broke that "Goodfellas" was being shopped around as a potential TV series. A year and a  half later, Henry Hill and his criminal associates have a potential new home.

According to Deadline, AMC has officially added a "Goodfellas" TV series to its development slate. Based upon Nicholas Pileggi's book "Wiseguy," "Goodfellas" was previously adapted by director Martin Scorsese as a movie in 1990. The film starred Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, a mobster who eventually turned into an FBI informant, with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Paul Sorvino costarring. "Goodfellas" was critically acclaimed and Pesci won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Tommy DeVito.

For the proposed "Goodfellas" TV series, Pileggi will co-write the new adaptation alongside veteran screenwriter and producer, Jorge Zamacona ("Homicide: Life On The Street"). Pileggi and Zamacona will also serve as executive producers alongside Irwin Winkler, who also produced the original film. Warner Horizon Television will also produce the potential series on AMC.

While the "Goodfellas" movie took place over several decades, from the mid-fifties to the early eighties, it's not clear if the TV series will retain that narrative or if it will settle down into an earlier time period and advance the story at a slower pace. But the series will presumably retain Henry Hill and his associates as the main characters.

Pileggi is also developing another period crime drama for CBS, based up on the life of Ralph Lamb, a "cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff" during the '60s and '70s.

If "Goodfellas" goes forward as a series, it could potentially debut on AMC in late 2012 or sometime in 2013.