A 'Goodfellas' TV show: What, is this news funny? Does it amuse you?
Image Credit: Everett CollectionAs far back as I can remember, I always wanted to headline a post with this line from Goodfellas. Now I can, thanks to news from Deadline that a television series based on the classic mob movie appears to be in the works, and just in time for the film’s 20th anniversary. Nicholas Pileggi, the movie’s screenwriter and the author of Wiseguy, the book it’s based on, will likely be back to write the pilot, but the it’s unclear whether legendary director Martin Scorsese will have a hand in the production.
It seems as if everybody’s getting their shine box these days, between this, the premiere of Boardwalk Empire, and news that John Gotti Jr., the son of the notorious mob boss, is trying to get a movie made about his relationship with his father, the Teflon don. I really hope it’s called My Gotti and Me or, at the very least, You Gotti Be Kidding Me. So what’s with all the mobbery? Well, it’s already been three years since The Sopranos came to an — [CUT TO BLACK]. And maybe after the swell of Boston-Irish mahbstahs that populated the interim, America is aching for some good ol’ fashioned mafia-types with vowels at the end of their names. Gangsters have long held a tommy gun to the heart of pop culture, from Howard Hawks’ Scarface to Brian De Palma’s, The Public Enemy to The Departed, so it’s not like the genre has ever left for good. It just occasionally goes into witness protection for a while.
I don’t know how a Goodfellas TV show might end up, seeing how iconic the movie is. I still can’t listen to “Layla” without seeing a parade of dead bodies, and I expect all clowns to go into a Joe Pesci routine. But judging from how much I enjoyed the pilot of Boardwalk Empire — although I must admit I was a little disappointed that the Atlantic City hotels weren’t red, box-shaped, and cost $200 to build — I’d welcome a pop culture comeback with a kiss on both cheeks.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Excited by the prospect of a Goodfellas show, or have you gotten your fill playing Mafia Wars?