August 23, 2016


'The Departed' TV Adaptation About a Latino Gang Coming to Amazon

Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

Television and film continue to be integrated in a very annoying way, thanks to the endless (often not-so-great) reboots of our favorite movies. The latest modern classic to get the adaptation treatment is The Departed, which will be developed into a TV show by Amazon.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Warner Bros. TV will also be a part of the hourlong drama series that will shift its focus from Boston to Chicago to depict a young cop infiltrating...a Latino gang? It will also be set in present-day in the middle of what THR calls "warring ethnic drug gangs." How groundbreaking. 

The stereotypical violent Latino gang is a tired plot line we've seen onscreen more times than necessary, so surely Amazon and co. could've came up with something more innovative. Or even set the TV adaptation in—gasp!—Hong Kong.

The original The Departed, which was an adaption itself of the Chinese film Infernal Affairs, was released in 2006 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and went on to win a handful of Oscars, including one for Best Picture.

Jason Richman (Mercy Street, Detroit 1-8-7) will write the screenplay and executive produce the series, yet there's no word of which actors will be cast. The reboot follows the announcements of The CW's FrequencyCMT's Varsity BluesCrackle's Snatch and CBS' Training Day.

For better and more nostalgic TV fun, see our picks of classic shows are worth reviving.