Warner Bros Heading to 'Cicero' for Al Capone's Origin Story

September 14, 2010
Source: Variety

Carey Mulligan

Plenty of films have explored the life and exploits of Al Capone as the height of his crime wave, but now Variety reports Warner Bros will journey into the past for a story looking at the origins of the notorious gangster. The studio has picked up the screenplay Cicero from Walon Green, writer of the 1969 western The Wild Bunch. The film chronicles Capone's rise from the slums of Brooklyn to the head of the criminal underworld in Chicago during Prohibition, when his gang operated casinos and speakeasies throughout the city. However, don't be expecting another mob movie in the same vein as Public Enemies from 2009. Read on!

Apparently the script is a throwback to old school mafia films of the 1930's such as Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and the film Home Alone so infamously highlighted, Angels with Dirty Faces. As the script implies, much of the story won't take place in the usual Capone stronghold of Chicago as the gangster initially set up shop in Cicero, Illinois, a town just outside of Chicago's city limits where Capone ultimately ended up taking over the city government in 1924. Luckily the screenwriter has spent plenty of time dealing with the on-going battle between crime and the law having written and produced several TV shows likeĀ  "Law & Order", "L.A. Dragnet," "Hill Street Blues," and "NYPD Blue." Now the question is who's got the chops to play young Al Capone? Any suggestions?

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Warner Bros. and the screenplay writer are welcomed to peruse my site if they want an indepth view of Capone and Cicero. They will quickly see that the truth was just as exciting as any Hollywood fiction. Hopefully they will make a movie that is true to form vis a vis Al Capone.

Mario Gomes on Sep 14, 2010


I think Casey Affleck would make a good young Al Capone.

peloquin on Sep 14, 2010


sweet. I live in cicero. i wonder if they'll film any of it near here.

Gaby on Sep 14, 2010


tom hardy but ever since bronson i want to see him in everything

jrhe on Sep 15, 2010


This film needs a fresh face for Al Capone. I think a big name actor would take away from the role, and I think that the actor should somewhat resemble him as well.

Mayhem on Sep 15, 2010


Hardy has the facial resemblance. I have a feeling after, Bronson Inception and the new Mad Max chapter, we'll being seeing a ton more of him. This would be a break out leading / commercial role for him.

LetterJ13 on Sep 15, 2010


yes i agree it should def be Tom Hardy!

nmp on Sep 15, 2010


When I first came to this country 30+ years ago I lived in Cicero. Hope they film there

Tester on Sep 15, 2010


If only Bob Hoskins were 30 years younger.

JR Bonner on Sep 15, 2010


Whoever writes the script should first and foremost consult Mario Gomes.The truth about Capone is much more exciting and a much better story than any hollywood fiction.The actor that plays Capone should be an unknown fellow that actually looks like Capone.The other player should look like the real guys too.Rich NEro

Richard Nero on Sep 16, 2010


To act the life of Al Capone in all its varieties I feel it needs to be James Gandolfini he is a natural fit, and no one can match his intensity for this role.

AGC on Oct 7, 2010


Tom hardy is playing it.

faid2blck on Mar 19, 2012

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