‘The Departed’ TV Series in the Works With ‘Fargo’ Inspirations

By February 26, 2016

I don’t think anyone saw the Fargo TV series working as well as it did. On paper, the idea sounded somewhat crazy, and risky, especially considering the original film’s intense, superb quality. Now, two seasons in, and we’ve gotten two of the best seasons of television ever with it. Part of this is because of showrunner Noah Hawley’s steady creative direction and quality control, and part of it comes from someone seeing the premise’s potential for an anthology series.

Now, it looks like another popular film from the early 2000s may be on its way to the small screen format in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, which seems to be a growing trend in the industry nowadays.

Collider was recently speaking with the film’s producer Roy Lee at DICE 2016, and while he spoke of the attempted sequel that happened a few years back, he also revealed plans for the film to be turned into a TV series similar to how FX developed Fargo from the original film:

“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.”

Honestly, despite my initial hesitation when I first heard about this, the idea of an anthology Departed series could actually be cool, following a different set of characters each season, but with the same basic formula. The only fear there is whether or not the story would get repetitive after a few seasons, but if done well, the repetitive nature might not matter.

Again, if you had watched the second season of Fargo and then the film, you wouldn’t have any idea how they managed to get that from the movie, so I think that they could take more than a few interesting routes with a Departed series. Although, it would all come down to the execution. Out of all of the TV remakes/reimaginings though, this one isn’t half bad.

The Departed TV series is reportedly in the works.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable