Amazon Preps Streaming Series Based on 'The Departed'

Posted Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 01:30 PM PDT by
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The streaming platform is developing a show based on the Martin Scorsese movie.  

According to a report from Deadline, Amazon is developing a new series inspired by the 2006 Oscar-winning film, 'The Departed.' The show is being produced by Amazon Studios, Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group, and Plan B Entertainment in association with Warner Bros TV.

Rather than a continuation or traditional remake, the series will offer a new interpretation of the film's plot, which itself was based on the earlier 2002 Hong Kong movie, 'Infernal Affairs.' Though the Scorsese version was set in Boston and focused on an undercover cop and criminal in the Irish mob, the Amazon show will be set in present day Chicago and follow two moles -- a cop undercover in a Latino gang and a gang member undercover with the police. The series is being written by Jason Richman ('Detroit 1-8-7') who will also serve as one of the show's executive producers.

In addition to 'The Departed,' other upcoming Amazon shows include 'Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,' 'The Kicks' on August 26, 'Transparent' season three on September 23, Woody Allen's 'Crisis in Six Scenes' on September 30, and 'The Man in the High Castle' season two on December 16. Likewise, the studio also recently released its 2016 Comedy Pilot Lineup, announced a new series titled 'Britannia' for 2017, greenlit a 13 episode documentary series called 'American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story,' and renewed 'Catastrophe' for a third and fourth season scheduled for 2017 and 2018 respectively.

A current Amazon Prime subscription costs $99 per year or $11 per month. Likewise, Prime Instant Video is available as a standalone service for $8 per month.

Source: Deadline

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