Whoa, whoa, whoa, Hold the phone. Hold the presses. Hold everything. Deadline reports that AMC is developing a series based on Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic, Goodfellas. Now, before you drop your garlic-shaving razor on the cellblock floor and scream, “Sacrilege!,” know this: The show would come from Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote the original Goodfellas screenplay as well as the book on which it was based. So there’s some original DNA in there. Still, the question remains: Is there room on the AMC schedule for not just a mobster show, but a mobster show based on one of the most quoted and parodied mobster films of all time? Would a show like that amuse you? Would you find it funny? (I’ll knock it off now.)
Since this project is marked simply as “in development,” we should probably just back off and let it percolate at its own pace. No point is shoving it in the trunk and stabbing it to death before it even gets a chance to show us what new insights into the lives of Italian-American sociopaths it might bring to the table.
But seriously, how’s a TV adaptation of Goodfellas sound to you?