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The Departed Screenwriter William Monahan Developing a Show for Starz

Screenwriter William Monahan  attends the premiere of "Body of Lies" at the Frederick P. Rose Theater on October 5, 2008 in New York City.

Raise a glass of cranberry juice in celebration; The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Departed screenwriter William Monahan is developing a new show for Starz. Originally conceived as a film, Crime is set in the criminal underworld of sixties England. (Will Austin Powers be there? Probably not.) The show was given a script commitment. British rats are already getting ready to audition to play the show's lead metaphor. 

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