The Soprano's are ending. The Departed was a big Hollywood hit. And yes, its a remake of the Hong Kong's "Mou Gaan Dou", known to international audiences as Infernal Affairs.
But, what should hollywood do to capitalize on the gangster pic? Toss the screen writer of Schindler's List & Gangs of New York into a project with the director of Alien, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down. Add two well known actors, drop some music into the project, and bam..
On November 2nd, 2007, Ridley Scott, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, and Steven Zaillian drop American Gangster onto the big screen.