Scorsese developing 'Gangs of New York' TV series

By the Associated Press | March 29, 2013 | 7:28 PM EDT

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2012 file photo shows director Martin Scorsese at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif. In a statement Friday, March 29, 2013, the Oscar-winning director and Miramax studio said they're developing a TV series based on Scorsese's 2002 film "Gangs of New York." (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Scorsese is developing a TV series based on his 2002 film "Gangs of New York."

The director is partnering with Miramax, which released the Oscar-nominated film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis. The planned show doesn't yet have a TV network.

The series expands on the brutal, 19th-century New York gang world of the film. Miramax says the series will chronicle the birth of organized crime in not just New York but also in cities such as Chicago and New Orleans.

In a statement Thursday, Scorsese says the era was too rich to fully explore in a two-hour film. He says the series "allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life."