The Departed, one of several movies Leonardo DiCaprio didn't receive Best Oscar statue for, is officially becoming a TV series at Amazon. Months ago Departed producer Roy Lee talked about the possibility of Martin Scorsese's film being adapted into a television series.
The series will reportedly be a reboot, Deadline reported, no longer taking place in Boston and no longer dealing with the Irish mob. Instead, the series will head west to Chicago, where viewers will be introduced to a Latino drug-dealing gang. Like Scorsese's 2006 film, the series will also involve "gnawing, cheese-eating" rats. The police department will have an officer going undercover in the gang, and the gang will have one of their guys in the department.
"So it’s not anything like The Departed," Lee told Collider of the possible series earlier this year, "But essentially The Departed as a TV series." Lee will executive produce the new series 10 years after producing its namesake.
Scorsese drew from 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs for The Departed, which won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The cast was stacked with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg . A cast for the series has not been revealed at this time, though it's safe to guess none of the previously mentioned cast members will return.
Should Amazon pick up the show, it'd be another step in its growing programming already nboasting critically acclaimed and Emmy award winning series Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and Catastrophe.