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‘The Departed’ Series Being Developed by Amazon

Who will play the rat that scurries across the frame?

The TV-shows-based-on-movies trend continues. After yesterday’s news that Crackle is developing a series based on Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” comes the announcement that Amazon is adapting Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.” “Detroit 1-8-7” creator Jason Richman is writing the series, which shifts the action from Boston to Chicago and centers around a cop who goes undercover to infiltrate a Latino gang — which has a mole of its own on the police force.

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Scorsese’s film, which won the celebrated filmmaker a long-awaited Oscar for Best Director and also took home prizes for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay, was released in 2006 to critical and financial success. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon played the two main characters; it’s yet to be announced who will star in the equivalent roles (or any other, for that matter).

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“The Departed” — which, like the film, is technically based on the Hong Kong drama “Infernal Affairs” — isn’t the only series based on a film in the works at Amazon. The streaming platform is also developing “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” with John Krasinski in the lead role.

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