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