If there are two men who know how to tell a story about life in the mafia, it is The Sopranos producer Terence Winter and writer of Goodfellas, Nicholas Pileggi.
According to entertainment outlet Deadline, the pair are teaming up for a brand new TV series written by Winter (who also created Boardwalk Empire) and will be inspired by Pileggi’s in-depth chronology of organized crime in America.
There are no other details about the hour-long drama, however, the series will be seen through the eyes of the mafia’s First Family.
Pileggi is hot off the back of writing the Oscar-nominated film The Irishman and also produced Ridley Scott’s American Gangster. He started out as a journalist, who wrote Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family and Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas, both of which were turned into films by Martin Scorsese.
Winter, is also no stranger the mob, with his creation of 1920s series Boardwalk Empire starring Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Shannon and was also nominated for an Oscar for his Wolf of Wall Street screenplay. Talk about a powerhouse duo.
The Sopranos ran for six successful seasons over eight years on HBO and earned 20 Emmy nods.
Starring the late James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, the series followed the Italian-American mafia head, based in New Jersey, who struggles to manage his family and criminal life and confides his affairs to his psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi.
Tony Soprano was said to be based on Vincent “Vinny Ocean” Palermo who was a former Italian American mobster and de facto boss of the New Jersey DeCavalcante crime family before becoming a government witness in 1999.
Goodfellas was a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese, about Young Henry Hill, and his friends Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito, who begin the climb from being a petty criminal to a gangster on the mean streets of New York.
The film had an all-star cast including Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.