‘The Departed’ writer William Monahan writing ‘Crime’ drama for Starz

By Daniel S Levine,

Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan is working with Starz, writing and executive producing a drama series simply titled Crime.

The series will be co-financed by Starz and Sonar Entertainment. Atlas Entertainment is producing the series, notes Deadline. Starz has domestic TV and home video rights to the series, which is set in 1960s Britain.

“There’s very little more interesting to me than the Sixties in Britain,” Monahan said in a statement, reports The Wrap. “Taken from Profumo to psychedelia, from the London criminal world to the worlds of art and fashion -- all of which continually intersected. I know one thing: it’s very, very, funny.”

Executive producers with Monahan include Charles Roven, William Green and Andy Horwitz of Atlas and Henceforth Pictures’ Justine Suzanne Jones.

Monahan just completed work on Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Robert Rodriguez’s sequel to Sin City, which will hit theaters in October. He also wrote Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven and Scott’s Body of Lies. He won an Oscar for Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and will work with Scorsese again on The Gambler, which is being produced at Paramount.

He also plans on making his directorial debut with Mojave.



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