Writer of a Crime Movie Many Say Is One of Their Favorites — It Was Nominated for Best Picture of 1990 — Is Working on Drama With Crime-Related Theme for CBS

Aug 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The screenwriter for a crime movie that was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture of 1990 has turned his attention to TV. 

“GoodFellas” writer Nicholas Pileggi is working with CBS on a new drama series with a crime subtext, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s The Live Feed blog.

Set in Las Vegas, the show focuses on former Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a mainstay of Vegas law enforcement for years. Lamb was a sheriff from 1961 to 1979, and is known for his run-ins with the Mafia and Hell’s Angels. He often got into physical fights with crime figures, but is known for never having shot anyone during his career as a crimefighter, the piece notes.

Pileggi will write the script with "Without a Trace" writer Greg Walker, while CBS Television Studios has tapped "Walk the Line" director James Mangold to direct and executive produce, the story says.

By mining material from the 1960s, the show follows in the footsteps of a number of other recent projects that seem to draw inspiration from AMC’s “Mad Men,” such as NBC’s “The Playboy Club” and ABC’s “Pan Am.”


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