William Monahan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "The Departed," is writing and executive producing the 1960s drama "Crime" for Starz.
The series, the first TV show for Atlas Entertainment, is being produced in partnership with Henceforth Pictures for Starz and Sonar Entertainment. Starz described the series, now in development, as "a study of criminal enterprise and scandal across 1960s Britain."
"There's very little more interesting to me than the Sixties in Britain," said Monahan (pictured). "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."
The project in development is being executive produced by Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and William Green with Monahan. Atlas' Andy Horwitz and Henceforth Pictures' Justine Suzanne Jones are co-executive producing.
Monahan recently completed the screenplay for "The Gambler" for Martin Scorsese and producer Irwin Winkler at Paramount, and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For."