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Tom Hardy Now Attached to David Yates' Al Capone Project 'Cicero'

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July 15, 2011
Source: Vulture

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Tom Hardy is on quite a roll right now. Of course, finally showing his face (sort of) in the upcoming teaser for The Dark Knight Rises is only going to make him more well known, but he's got plenty of other projects on the horizon. Another one to add to his growing list is an Al Capone "origin story" project called Cicero, that Vulture (via SlashFilm) mentions in their latest article about the handful of projects Warner Bros is considering making after Harry Potter. It's a high profile project because also at the helm is David Yates, who just finished Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and can now go on to direct pretty much whatever he wants next.

That's the thing though - David Yates has quite a few options. Vulture mentions a couple, including "a multi-picture adaptation" of Stephen King's The Stand, his 1978 novel, which is their top priority, as the studio wants to split it up into three parts and needs a director on-board soon. However, Cicero is brewing as well, as it comes from a script originally written back in the '70s as a TV pilot being re-adapted into a film that could also be split into a three-part saga about Al Capone (as we've heard). It's exciting knowing that Hardy is already involved in that, and it sounds like he would play Capone, which is perfect as he's got that kind of character down. But of course there's scheduling concerns, though Vulture says "Yates will be discussing the possibility of shooting Cicero before Hardy has to report for duty on Fury Road." Sounds good, for now.

Finally, for those curious, Yates is also being pursued for another Warner Bros project called Fables, based on a Vertigo Comics graphic novel. "Set in the Fabletown section of Manhattan's Upper West Side, it follows its sheriff, the now-reformed Big Bad Wolf, as he investigates the murder of Snow White's party-girl sister." That sounds fairly weird, but interesting, as well, however I'd rather see Yates work on Cicero (or even The Stand), especially with Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad on the horizon as well. We'll keep you updated!

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  • Lebowski
    FABLES IS THE GREATEST WORK OF FICTION OF THE LAST DECADE. Just the thought of it being adapted makes me nervous and gives me heart palpitations.
  • harm
    I cannot agree with Lebowski enough!  Holy crow the Idea of Fables on the big screen is both terrifying and tittilating!  Yates could be a good director without having to stick to the PG crowd a la Harry Potter.  Fables is SO good!  Alex if you haven't read Fable seriously - go to your nearest comic shop - drop the 24 bucks for the first volume of the definitive edition and go blow through it in a few hours.  Its addicting!  Such great writing!
  • Leeloo Dallas Multipass
    How is a movie called "Cicero" an Al Capone origin story? I don't understand that. I'm sure there has to be some sort of explanation, but as a Chicagoan and somebody who's lived near Cicero, Illinois, I can tell you that Capone didn't move to Cicero until after he had already built his criminal empire. Thus, making a movie title "Cicero" an origin story on Capone a little baffling. Meh, whatever. I'll see it. Just confused.
  • Seems like we're hearing tell of a fair amount of possible multi-movie stories. New trend for Hollywood? Not that it's necessarily a bad thing.

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