Warner Bros' Project 'Tales from the Gangster Squad' is Back?
It looks like there's quite the resurgence of crime thrillers/gangster based features gaining steam in the film industry lately. Just last week we heard in the same day that films following iconic mobsters like John Gotti and Pretty Boy Floyd were in the works, and now 24 Frames reports "momentum" on a Warner Bros action ensemble project called Tales from the Gangster Squad. The 1940's set story follows an LAPD unit set up to fend off the growing influence of the East Coast Mafia in the city. The true story is based on a series of LA Times articles from Paul Lieberman which chronicle the mayhem, deception and, of course, the action.
Apparently Will Beall, a rising star in the screenwriting world was recently been brought in to write Tales from the Gangster Squad and actually just finished the first draft of the script. Beall just had his novel L.A. Rex get optioned by Scott Rudin and, in turn, adapted the script himself. Warner Bros idea is to make this a vehicle for quite an impressive ensemble cast much like its Best Picture winning crime movie The Departed, but right now no talent is yet attached in front of or behind the camera. Since I wasn't thoroughly impressed by Public Enemies last year, I'd say we're due for a really good gangster flick. What do you guys think?