The Departed was a great film, it has all the hallmarks of a classic Scorsese masterpiece, from strong acting, to brilliant dialogue and the talented Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie also won the Scorsese an Oscar for Best Director as well as Best Movie. Now in case you didn’t already know this The Departed is based on a Chinese crime film Infernal Affairs, which was part of a trilogy. This has led to many questions being asked about the possibility of a sequel for the movie, but Scorsese was having none of that.
It would seem however that the sequel to Infernal Affairs is now being used to springboard a TV series of The Departed and I think that’s a great idea for a show. Speaking to the guys at Collider, Producer from The Departed, Roy Lee had the following to say about the development of the show.
The Departed as a concept is amazing. That’s what attracted me to the story, the two moles working on either side of the law, and translating that idea into other settings with new characters, like how Fargo has taken the feel of the Coen Brother’s film. We were having discussions about making Infernal Affairs a television series. A different city, so it’s not anything like The Departed, but essentially The Departed as a TV series.
If this show ends up being half as good as Fargo has been then we will have another hit on our hands. Screenwriter of The Departed, William Monahan had the following to say about the sequel story line.
My idea actually is to set the film before, during and after the action of the first film, which I think would be extraordinary… Essentially, in the middle section of the thing I’ve intended, you’d see actions that take place during the original Departed, but aren’t on screen in the original Departed. There would be off-screen things that occur at that point in the story. But it would work seamlessly as a movie of its own.
What do you guys think about this idea? Who do you think they should cast to play the leads in this small screen version? Let us know in the comments below.
Last Updated: March 1, 2016