Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture-winning crime-drama The Departed is set to receive a television reboot.
Amazon has picked up the project in what Deadline reports to have been a competitive situation.
While the film was focused on the Irish mob in Boston, the series is set to deal with the shifting tides of ethnic drug gangs warring in present-day Chicago. The plot will again deal with two moles, one a gang member planted in the police department and the other an undercover officer working his way into a ruthless Latino gang.
The series adaptation has been penned by Jason Richman, known for features Bad Company, Swing Vote and Bangkok Dangerous, as well as the short-lived ABC police procedural Detroit 1-8-7.
Richman is also attached as executive producer, alongside Graham King (the film’s producer), Roy Lee (Vertigo founder and the film’s EP), Michael Connolly, Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg, and Tripp Vinson’s Doug Davison and Gianni Nunnari.
Scorsese’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon-starring film, which was actually remake of the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, was a big hit for the filmmaker, going on to win Oscars for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing, as well as finally earning him his first Best Director win after five previous nominations. The film earned $US289.8 million on a production budget of $US90 million.
No actors have been cast in the series adaptation as yet. We’ll keep you informed.