Many Directors Considered for 'Tales from the Gangster Squad'
After its recent development revival, Warner Bros. is considering some of the best working directors to helm their period crime thriller Tales from the Gangster Squad. Though Ben Affleck was offered the project following his success with The Town, he turned it down and WB has since decided to offer the film to Darren Aronofsky as a consolation prize for missing the train for The Man of Steel. Now Latino Review has a shortlist of directors would could step up to direct if Aronofsky passes. Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) are just a couple of names mentioned. See the other directors listed below.
Additionally, Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), Martin Campbell (2006's Casino Royale) and Greg Berlanti (Life as We Know It) round out the list of potential directors. The only choice that seems out of sorts is Cooper whose only directing credit is the slow burning drama Crazy Heart which doesn't exactly give us a sense of his ability to direct action (of which this film is sure to have a decent amount). Though Berlanti's only directing credit is Life as We Know It, he's also writing and producing Green Lantern, and has been mentioned as a possible director for the adaptation of DC Comics' The Flash.
My top choice for the job would be Greengrass or Campbell since both have proven themselves to direct compelling stories with some great action. Their directing styles would fit perfectly in this story about an LAPD off-the-books squad of mercenary cops who tried to chase infamous gangster Micky Cohen out of town back in the 1940's. The project is a high priority so we should have a decision from the studio soon. Who do you want to direct Tales from the Gangster Squad?