In the first exciting AMC announcement in a while not featuring the words "Breaking" or "Mad" — maybe they're Nerve readers? — the network has given word that they're developing a new series-length adaptation of the Martin Scorsese classic Goodfellas.
The series will be handled in part by Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote both the script for the film and the book it was based on. Presumably, the show will take the film's depiction of the rise and fall of the infamous Lucchese crime family in New York and simply "fill it out" with more cigarettes, mink coats, ice-picks in the backs of necks, tragic characters like Spider dancing, and psychotic gangsters asking less-psychotic gangsters what was so funny about the thing they just said.
But, as Deadline.com points out, while this seems like good news on the surface, it does continue a troubling trend of AMC forgoing original concepts and just trying to bandwagon on hot properties:
After starting off with original concepts (Mad Men, Breaking Bad), AMC has been betting on series based on source material recently with The Walking Dead, based on a graphic novel, and The Killing, based on a Danish series.
So, like always, we'll see. But, in my opinion, the series can be considered a win if we finally get an answer to the question of, if one dog's going one way, and the other dog's going the other, what should we truly want from the guy who's just standing around behind them?