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THE DEPARTED: Crime Drama To Be Adapted For TV [Amazon]

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Amazon to produce a TV series based on The Departed. The streaming network plans to adapt the critically-acclaimed Martin Scorsese film into an original program more appropriate for the small screen

Originally released in 2006, The Departed earned an Academy Award for Scorsese as well as a nomination for co-star Matt Damon. Even 10 years after its release, the movie continues to capture the imagination of viewers, with Amazon’s decision to pursue a series based on it demonstrating the depth of its staying power:

Inspired by the films, The Departed TV series is set at present-day Chicago, amidst the shifting tides of warring ethnic drug gangs. In it, a young cop goes undercover to infiltrate a ruthless Latino gang, which simultaneously plants its own man in the police department. The show follows these two embattled moles as they attempt to fulfill their mission and stay alive.

Richman executive produces with the film’s producer Graham King; the movie’s executive producer, Vertigo founder Roy Lee; Vertigo’s head of TV Michael Connolly; Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg; as well as Tripp Vinson, Doug Davison and Gianni Nunnari. (The film was produced by King, Plan B’s Brad Pitt as well as Brad Grey).

The Departed series, which marks WBTV’s first major sale to Amazon, stems from Vertigo’s two-year overall deal with the TV studio, which the company inked at the end of 2015. The series adaptation of the acclaimed movie was the first project the company put in development under the pact.

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