When done right, the mafia genre, whether in film or TV, is pretty hard to top.
This might be a controversial opinion, but I actually really enjoyed The Irishman when he landed on Netflix last year. Yeah it was a bit long and I suppose the de-ageing technology was a little jarring, but it was a real throwback to the classic mafia movies and a welcome change from the usual sub-par original films Netflix put out.
If you also enjoyed it, chances are you’ll be pleased to hear that another mob special is in the works, from the film/tv kingpins who brought us Goodfellas (the second best gangster film ever – behind The Godfather) and The Sopranos.
Showtime has reportedly given the new project the green light with Sopranos producer Terence Winter and GoodFellas writer Nicholas Pileggi officially signed on board.
Although details are scarce, the series is believed to be based on corruption in the US, regarding organised crime, as seen through the eyes of the mafia’s first family.
Deadline confirmed that Winter will write the script alongside Pileggi and Imagine Television’s Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey.
Interestingly, Pileggi earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing Goodfellas alongside director Martin Scorsese and stood in as producer for both American Gangster and The Irishman.
Oh, and Winter executive produced HBO’s Emmy-winning series The Sopranos as well as the incredible Boardwalk Empire.
So we’re in very good hands here.
If you are into the mafia genre and can’t wait to see this, then might I suggest Netflix’s latest gangster offering Fear City: New York vs. the Mafia, which is currently streaming on the platform.
The three-part series details the battle between New York government officials and organised crime, specifically, The ‘Five Families’, made up of the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese families.
The documentary comes from the producers of Don’t F**k With Cats, and tells of the Mafia bosses who together controlled unions, high-rise construction sites and many, many other industries.
The synopsis for the mini-series reads:
“In the 70s, New York was owned by the Mob. From the producers of Don’t F**k With Cats, comes the inside story of the rise and fall of New York’s most powerful Mafia families and the end of the golden era of the Mob. With the full might of the FBI and an army of undercover agents, witness the bugging, the investigation, and the era-defining conclusion of the historic Mafia Commission Trial that changed everything“.
Honestly, it’s well worth the watch if you’re into this kind of thing, and at only 3 episodes you can binge it in one night.
You’re welcome, folks
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