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Amazon is rebooting Scorsese's 'The Departed' into a TV series

Engadget Engadget 23/08/2016 David Lumb
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Streaming services continue to gobble up popular titles to adapt and reimagine for their content-craving audiences. But unlike Netflix's recent decision to adapt the timeless children's novel Anne of Green Gables, Amazon Studios has shown that it's willing to go in a bit harder of a direction. After announcing last week they'd be making a series exploring Playboy creator Hugh Hefner's life, Deadline reported today that the company will be re-imagining Martin Scorsese's 2006 mobster drama The Departed as a TV series.

While Scorsese's picture deals with undercover intrigue between the FBI and local Irish mob in Boston, itself adapted from the Hong Kong-based film Internal Affairs, the Amazon show will be set in Chicago, Illinois amid warring drug gangs. According to Deadline, its plot will revolve around a young cop going undercover inside a Latino gang, which plants their own man inside the police department.

The series will be written and executive produced by Jason Richman, creator of network police drama Detroit 1-8-7. While no cast or other creative roles have been announced, the production houses Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment, which all helped create Scorsese's film, are returning to produce the show.


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