Get ready for another bloodshedding mafia drama series from the lanes of ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’
The writers of ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ are coming together to create a brand new mob drama featuring the mafia’s first family of America. The mafia screenwriting is not a new thing. While we talk about the new mafia series, let’s find out why ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ click and whether the new series will work the same magic?
- What made ‘The Sopranos’ click among the audience
- The awesomeness of ‘Goodfellas’ explained
- New mafia series in the works
What made ‘The Sopranos’ click among the audience?
Is it any good? Yes. Yes, it is. It’s very good. Excellent in fact. One can easily go as far as to say that ‘The Sopranos’ is the best drama series made by anyone, anywhere, ever.
The statement is a big call and it faces some stiff competition. ‘The Wire’ was up there as well but its weak final season held it back. And ‘Game of Thrones’ was outstanding but it ended on a disappointing note. A weak conclusion to the story of Westeros knocked it down a peg or two.
But ‘The Sopranos’ was excellent throughout its run. There wasn’t a single weak season and the ending was fantastic. Tony Soprano is one of the best TV characters ever and James Gandolfini deserves every award he received for playing the role.
Events are set up and paid off over a long time frame which means it rewards repeat viewings. At times, it’s very funny and there is some laugh out loud moments as well.
The biggest strength of ‘The Sopranos’ is that it grips the viewer from the outset. It’s not one of those shows that have fans saying “stick with it, it really goes great halfway through season two”. It’s a great show from episode 1 but becomes outstanding as we move from season to season.
The awesomeness of ‘Goodfellas’ explained
‘Goodfellas’ traces Henry’s teenage fascination with organised crime and follows his early career as a young gangster, as he and his associates score notable successes, such as the Air France robbery of 1967 and the Lufthansa heist of 1978.
The question is why is it so good and why should I watch it?
The thing about Henry, that disturbed people at the time and may still have the power to disturb them, is that it takes you right into Henry’s life just the way he experiences it.
Leaving aside the question of how strictly accurate it is or isn’t (the real Henry Hill was somewhat more violent and unpleasant than the fictional version), it’s a film which, over and over again, goes for your gut and your nerves.
‘Goodfellas’ arguably set what is now almost the “Scorsese template” in many ways. Take great actors, add a killer soundtrack to iconic images, and throw in the odd curveball to the audience.
New mafia series in the works
The untitled series is going to tackle the history of organised crime in America from the perspective of the mafia’s first family. According to “Deadline”, Terence Winter and Nicholas Pileggi are going to make another mafia blockbuster in the times to come.
There’s no news on a cast or a release date as of yet but, judging by the pair’s credentials and the meaty subject matter, it’s likely to be a blockbuster.
Winter served as the executive producer on ‘The Sopranos’ and period mob drama ‘Broadwalk Empire’. Pileggi has also worked with Martin Scorsese on ‘Casino’, ‘Goodfellas’, and ‘The Irishman’.
The upcoming mafia series will reportedly look at the evolution of organised crime in America through the ages and the role of the mafia’s first family in it. For the uninitiated, the Genovese crime family set their foot in the late 1800s and is still active today, so there’s plenty to tackle there and enough stories to tell.
While we wait for news on the release and cast of the series, you can catch up by watching ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’, and share your comments in the comments box below.