Hey, look at that — another mob movie is headed our way. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. just green lit Gangster Squad, a crime drama written by Will Beall and to-be-directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).
The studio formally offered the role of Mikey Cohen to Sean Penn and wants to bring in Ryan Gosling as one of the two cops who pursue the real-life gangster. The film centers on Cohen, a former boxer who, though charming in the public eye, had friends who had no other choice in life but to be gangsters. Their names were Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel, perhaps you’ve heard of them? The film will attempt to be a fact-based tale of crime fighting in L.A. during the ’40s. Neither of the actors have agreed to work on the project as of yet, but answers are expected soon.
Also happening at WB in the realm of gangsterdom: Cicero is in development, a film about Al Capone’s formative years. No talent has signed on yet, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates is currently being pursued by the studio to helm the project.
The bottom line is that these films will undoubtedly continue the trend of movies like The Untouchables, Casino and Goodfellas which, if my uncle has anything to say about it, didn’t embellish the truth at all.