James McTeigue To Helm Prohibition Era Crime Drama 'Ness/Capone'
Relativity Media just finished working with V for Vendetta director James McTeigue on the period mystery thriller The Raven with John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe (a project that didn't really impress me much at Comic-Con earlier this year). Now the production company will reunite with the filmmaker as Deadline reports McTeigue has been set to direct Ness/Capone, a new period crime drama written by Grant Pierce Myers which made the 2010 Black List. The film is said to put a new spin on the well-known rivalry between American Prohibition agent Elliot Ness and infamous mobster Al Capone in the 1920's.
Though Ness and his exploits as the leader of agents who came to be known as The Untouchables were chronicled the in the 1987 film of the same name starring Kevin Costner, this film is said to follow the battle between Ness and Capone with more shades of gray. Ness is painted more accurately as a "skirt-chasing 26-year old publicity hound who seemed to get an adrenaline charge out of courting danger, kicking in doors, smashing moonshine stores and rubbing it in the noses of Capone and other mobsters." Apparently he would even go so far as to drive right past Capone's hotel in confiscated bootleg trucks, but not before calling the mobster and telling him to look out the window. Sounds like there's a great story here, but the project likely won't be coming soon as McTeigue's next project is still Message from the King, the thriller from Unknown writers Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell.