Miramax are currently working on a 'Gangs of New York' series with Martin Scorsese attached to direct and executive produce.

The series is based off the 1927 non-fiction book of the same name by Herbert Asbury. Scorsese, who directed the 2002 film adaptation of the book will direct the first two episodes of the potential series.

There are few details about the drama, from playwright/TV writer Brett Leonard ('Shantaram'). However, according to Deadline, this is a new take on the story with new characters that were not featured in the movie.

Asbury’s book details the confrontations between rival gangs in New York in the 1800s, prior to the Mafia-ruled Prohibition era.

That latter period was the subject of HBO’s drama 'Boardwalk Empire', which Scorsese executive produced and won an Emmy for.

Rick Yorn and Chris Donnelly will also executive-produce the upcoming series. The project will be taken out to buyers later this month.

The 2002 movie starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz. It received ten Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Scorsese and Best Actor for Day-Lewis.

In 2013, Scorsese was a attached to another 'Gangs of New York' TV adaptation that never went ahead. It was to explore the gang culture in different cities across America including Chicago and New Orleans.

After the announcement of the now-unmade series, Scorsese said, "this time and era of America’s history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two-hour film. A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colourful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life."

Scorsese's other upcoming projects include 'Killers of the Flower Moon' starring DiCaprio and a Grateful Dead movie starring Jonah Hill.