'Sopranos' and 'Goodfellas' Writers Teaming Up for New Mafia Drama on Showtime


Showtime has greenlit a new mafia drama from the writers responsible for some of the best mafia works including “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas.”

The upcoming untitled series will be penned by "Sopranos" producer Terence Winter, "Goodfellas" screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, and “Empire’s” Brian Grazer.

While details are sparse, Deadline reports it will be “inspired by Pileggi’s in-depth chronology of organized crime in America — which is also the history of corruption in America — as seen through the eyes of the mafia’s First Family.”

Pileggi’s works “Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family” and “Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas" were both adapted into Martin Scrosese’s iconic hits “Goodfellas” and “Casino.”

He also worked on the director’s award-winning film, “The Irishman.”

Winter’s other credits include “Boardwalk Empire” and “Vinyl.”

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He scored an Oscar nomination for his “The Wolf of Wall Street” screenplay. His current project includes a TV series for HBO Max based on the upcoming Robert Pattinson-starring “The Batman” film.

Grazer currently serves as an executive producer on season 2 of “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” on Hulu. Additionally, he is working on “Empire” spin-off focused on Taraji P Henson’s character Cookie and a musical docu-series for Showtime titled “SuperVillain: The Rise and Fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine.”

It’s unclear when the series will go into production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Sopranos” actor Michael Imperioli previously revealed that he believed he and his family contracted the potentially-deadly virus.

Though the 54-year-old didn’t get tested, he said he was certain he had it after becoming "extremely ill" upon arrival in California from New York on March 1.

“I was really sick,” Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti, said. “I didn’t get tested but I was really sick in New York at the end of February.”

He also believes his wife Victoria and one of their three children also had the virus.

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