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Scorsese to develop TV programming

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 8th 2006 6:41PM
Martin ScorseseParamount Pictures has announced an alliance with none other than Martin Scorsese to produce and direct films and television. Paramount will be paying Mr. Raging Bull $2 million a year for the next four years just to find and develop projects.

To date Scorsese's TV projects have been limited to documentaries about American cinema and Lady Liberty. He did an Amazing Stories episode for Spielberg, but not much else. Scorsese at his best could bring some fine gangster action to a post-Sopranos world. At his worst, we could get overblown, mediocre crap resting on its laurels.

Whether you think the 1970s were the golden age of American cinema or not, it's interesting to see that era's revolutionaries turning an eye towards television. George Lucas has said in multiple recent interviews that big pictures are over, and that television is the only way to go. While Francis Ford Coppola hasn't made TV his new home yet, he was the uncredited executive producer of The 4400. Have the old lions found the promise of a new creative life in the boob tube?

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